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.

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  • 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.

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