New Tharu SUV Is A Skoda Karoq With A Volkswagen Atlas Face For China

Volkswagen has rebadged the Skoda Karoq for China where it will sell it as the Tharu, with sales starting in the third quarter of the year.

A production version of the VW Powerful Family SUV concept that debuted two months ago, the Tharu looks pretty much like a smaller Teramont (aka China’s Atlas) or a modified Tiguan, if you will.

Measuring 4,453mm (175.3in) in length, 1,841mm (72.5in) in width and 1,632mm (64.3in) in height, with a wheelbase of 2,688mm (105.8in), the VW Tharu is 71mm (2.8in) longer, 27mm (1.1in) taller and has a 50mm (2in) longer wheelbase than the Karoq, while sharing the same height.

Powering the compact SUV at launch will be two engines, including a 1.2-liter and a 1.4-liter, both of them turbocharged, making 116hp and 150hp, respectively. They will be available with a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission.

The Tharu will be built by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture, which also makes the new Grand Lavida, in addition to other vehicles aimed solely at the Chinese market.

Expect the new Volkswagen Tharu to debut officially in the coming months, before going on sale locally towards the end of the year.

Volkswagen might launch the SUV in select South American markets too, according to a previous report, though this version will likely be manufactured in Argentina.

more photos...
  • Dr Strangefingger

    So, VW is badge switching among its brands… just like GM did a lot in the 80s. How funny.

    • Dennis Scipio

      For once, I agree with your statement.

      • Dr Strangefingger

        Well, let’s not make it a habit. : )

  • Toronado_II

    Look a bit better to me (than the Tiguan).

  • Leconte Dave

    Atlast Sport ?

    • pjl35

      No, that’s a separate vehicle that was previewed by the NY Auto Show concept. The 5-seater Atlas will slot between the Tiguan and the Atlas. This slots below the Tiguan.

  • fabri99

    Is it me or those rims are absolutely tiny?

  • pjl35

    really it’s the SEAT Ateca, which is what the Kamiq is also based on.

    • haudit

      The Kamiq is PQ34-based (MkIV Golf), not MQB.

      • pjl35

        my bad, you’re right it’s the Ateca and the Karoq that are cousins…which is also what this is related to, not the Kamiq.

  • Fabián Montiel

    Another VW SUV that looks exactly the same compared to the 72 other ones.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      Yep!!

  • Brabusbus

    So what’s the point? So many VW models with identical segment.

Five Years After Its Recall, A Defective Key Is Still Present In Camaro’s Parts Catalog

The key in question was first recalled by General Motors in June 2014, yet an employee discovered it was still available as a replacement.

2020 BMW X6 M Cabrio Answers A Question No One Asked In The First Place

Good thing BMW has no plans whatsoever of building such a thing, because…. well, it just doesn’t make sense.

1,200 HP Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Makes The Trackhawk Seem Puny

It may be seven years old, but this wildly modified Grand Cherokee is one of the craziest Jeeps out there.

Olympic Athlete Runs In A Bubble Filled With Hyundai Nexo’s Exhaust Flow

The Nexo’s exhaust emits water and 99.9 per cent filtered oxygen – or else the runner would suffocate.

Lunaz Breathes New Life Into Classics With Electric Power And Modern Gear

After a full restoration process, the old mechanical parts are ditched in favor of all-electric powertrains and tech like Wi-Fi .

Totally Burnt Out Ferrari 458 Spider Is Unrecognizable, Yet Up For Sale

Nothing in this pile reminds us of a 458, as it’s been completely destroyed, but someone has decided to put it up for auction.

Goddammit! Delivery Guy Tries To Slice Half A Second Off, Instantly Regrets It

The truck driver apparently pushed the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Driven: 2019 Toyota 86 GT Remains A Compelling Driver’s Car

The Toyota 86 GT with the Dynamic Performance Package is a hoot to drive, despite showing its age in certain areas.

Mazda Continues Testing RX-8 Prototypes At The ‘Ring, Fuels Rotary Return Rumors

Could Mazda bring back the RX nameplate that was killed off in 2012, probably with some kind of electrification? We sure hope so.

Legends Reborn: Restoration Brings Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 Racer Back To Its Former Glory

Originally a DTM racer, the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 competed in the 1986 Bathurst 1000, winning it in 1990.