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

Volkswagen has introduced a new generation of the Lavida in China named the Plus that will continue to be offered alongside its predecessor.

The sedan could easily be mistaken for a Passat, but it’s smaller, even though its length has increased by 65mm (2.6in) and the wheelbase is now 78mm (3.1in) longer, after moving from the PQ34 architecture to the MQB platform.

Things look significantly more upscale inside too, where it gets features such as a touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, multi-function steering wheel and the usual leather and new trim. However, customers will have to opt for the higher levels in order to benefit from most of these features.

Powering Volkswagen’s new China-only compact sedan will be three petrol engines, according to CarNewsChina. The lineup includes a 116hp 1.5-liter, a 116hp 1.2-liter turbo and a 150hp 1.4-liter turbo, mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox, depending on the model.

Volkswagen will premiere the new Lavida Plus at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, at the end of the month. A few months later, in mid-summer, the car will go on sale locally, and it’s expected to be more expensive than the current Lavida, whose price will be reduced to around 100,000 RMB (equal to $15,850 / €12,990).

 

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  • Autoexperte

    all VW have the same steering wheel from the Golf 7 (2013)

    • TheHake

      It’s better than the tiny steering wheel from Peugeot.

      • Autoexperte

        but not all Peugeots have this steering wheel, only the 508, 3008, 5008 and Rifter

  • DM

    Better than the new Jetta. The interior looks rather plain.

    • Autoexperte

      but very cheap

  • dumblikeyou2

    It’s still kinda ugly, but it’s slightly better looking than the Jetta. There isn’t much separating the two.

  • iea96

    Looks like Volkswagen is going after a pretty agressive strategy in China. They don’t stop introducing new models.

    • Autoexperte

      Piechs target year 2018

    • Ilbirs

      The problem for VW is that the group has two partnerships in China, one with SAIC (Shanghai-VW) and the other one with FAW (FAW-VW). In order to keep things calm with both partners, the group had to make a lot of redundant products to a point that it has two complete lineups. The Lavida is from Shanghai-VW, for example. In this SUV initiative recently announced, you can see that the most part of these products are China-only models.
      Part of these models will be used outside that country, as can be seen by the Tharu/Tarek being built also in Mexico and Argentina, meaning that the Americas won’t have the SWB Tiguan.

  • Bash

    It does look better than the Jetta.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    How do you say Jetta in Chinese? Lavida.

    Got Gap?

  • Jetta…

  • roy

    And now even China gets better looking cars than usa

  • smartacus

    i’m all happy for VW’s Lavatorida, but the HP is so dismally low.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Le Jetta Chinois.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Looks like the Jetta with a different front and longer wheel base. Still a no for me.

  • Brabusbus

    Too many products in the same segment

  • DJ

    So why is the US getting the crappy looking Jetta ? This isn’t great but at least it looks better proportionately and the trim seems to be higher quality.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I prefer this front end to the North American Jetta.

  • Hello Moto ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    VW is giving Americans what they want, and they want ugly.

  • NICE CLEAN DESIGN WITH NO GIMMICKS.

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