Skoda Karoq Could Morph Into VW Tharu In South America

South America may soon receive a new Volkswagen SUV dubbed the Tharu and based around the Skoda Karoq.

According to Brazilian publication Auto Papo, Volkswagen has registered the Tharu name with Brazil’s National Institute of Industrial Property and intends on using it for a new model.

No confirmation has been given as to what vehicle this name will be applied to but it could very well be a local version of the Karoq set to be assembled in Argentina and sold throughout the continent.

If this is the case, the VW Tharu can be expected to make use of the German company’s 1.4-liter TSI engine with 150 hp currently produced in Sao Paulo, Brazil. There’s a possibility that VW’s slightly larger 1.5-liter TSI might also be offered to customers with a variable geometry turbo and cylinder deactivation. A simple six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission will probably come standard across the range.


  • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

    The Seat Ateca morphed into a Skoda Karoq, which is to become a Volkswagen Tharu?

    • Finkployd

      And isn’t the ateca based on the tiguan?

      • TheHake

        Exactly… The Karoq is a Tiguan…

        • f1300

          And the Tiguan is a Golf.
          The Golf however is a Leon
          …which itself is based on the older Octavia, if I remember correct.

          • TheHake

            Actually the Leon and Octavia are both Golf 7’s.

          • f1300

            like the Karoq, Tiguan and Ateca are the same. In a way.

      • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

        Yes, but the Skoda and Seat share most panels.

      • Miknik

        Yes, both MQB derived, but the Ateca is slightly smaller. The Ateca and Karoq however also share the same basic body, just the sheet metal differs, whilst the Tiguan just shares platform.

  • Markey

    VW rebadging cars. Strange, that never happens…

    • JIRM

      VW rebadged the Seat Cordoba as a VW Polo in some markets,

      • Markey

        ever heard of sarcasm?

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