Volkswagen Grand Lavida Plus Joins The Brand’s Chinese Family

Volkswagen has added a second member to the new Lavida Plus family, in the form of a station wagon version that gains the Grand prefix.

Set to be offered alongside the current model, just like the four-door derivative, the new Volkswagen Lavida Plus is 4,541mm (179in) long, 1,806mm (71in) wide and 1,488mm (59in) tall, with a 2,688mm (106in) long wheelbase, CarNewsChina reports. This makes it a tad larger overall than its predecessor.

Underpinned by the Group’s MQB platform, the estate is said to be powered by three different engines: a new 1.5-liter unit that makes 116 horses, a 1.2-liter turbo with 116hp and a 150hp 1.4-liter turbo. The latter two have been updated over the previous five-door Lavida, whereas the former replaces the 1.6-liter 110hp unit. Buyers will also have to choose between two transmissions: a five-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.

Read also: Volkswagen Lavida Plus Debuts With Arteon-Inspired Looks And MQB Underpinnings

No images with the interior have been released yet, but it features the same amenities as the new Volkswagen Lavida Plus. This means leather and other premium materials, a touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control and more.

The German automaker will showcase the Grand Lavida Plus at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, starting with April 25. Subsequently, it will enter production and will be made by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture. Sales should commence in China in the coming months, with pricing is estimated to start at approximately 125,000 yuan (equal to $19,919).

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  • Bash

    Only a Librarian would buy this.
    I cannot think of someone else.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Sorry China, looks like VW hates you as much as it hate the US.

    • Ilbirs

      The Lavida is among the 20 best-selling cars in China. Its generational passing is something very important for VW’s operations there. There’s also a particularity of the brand there: as it has two partnerships, one with SAIC (Shanghai-VW) and other with FAW (FAW-VW), it happens to have not only one, but two complete lineups. Product redundance is necessary in that context to make both local partners happy and part of this weird strategy is being taken advantage outside China, as we can be seen by the Americas soon having the Tharu/Tarek instead of the SWB Tiguan.

      • China gets every single VW model under their roof…US gets fewer models that are cheap and decontented…VW still is trying to figure out the US market…

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  • Six_Tymes

    looks like it ate too much schnitzel.

  • Dr Strangefingger

    I can’t tell one sucky looking VW from the other. Time to shake up that design team!

    • Iberian Recluse

      Not sure if Design Team is the appropriate term. LOL!

  • Miknik

    This design wouldn’t have turned a single head in 2003. Let alone in 2018. Boring, dull and inoffensive are very polite ways to put it.

  • Miknik

    Actually a Lavida 5 door. Whilst the Lavida and Jetta look more or less identical, and are both based of the MQB platform, closer inspection reveals that they don’t share a single exterior panel, just the same dull design language. I don’t think there is any person in teh world – not even at VW themselves – who can name all VW sedans on sale in China by their various subsidiaries (FAW, Shangahi VW,…). Even if they all loook very similar

  • Dennis Scipio

    Some people are turned off by conservative designs in cars, others by more stylistic cars. You can’t please everyone.

    • Holden Ute

      That’s true, but it looks like the designers behind this had chronic depression.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    I was referring mainly to the styling.

  • Karl

    It doesn’t get any more mundane than this,Volkswagen designers has got to be the laziest,uninspired in the auto industry…

  • Nut Donut

    Front end looks stupid, but rest of it is not that bad. In USA it doesnt make sense but in the world there are a lot of other countries… 🙂

    Im from mid-eastern Europe and I think it could be perfect replace for Skoda Rapid family. Its bigger than Rapid but still bit smaller (or shorter) than Octavia. With simpler tech design and attractive sticker prize it could make sense. Skoda fans would be happy. Of course after front end would be replaced!

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