New VW Tarek Crossover Coming To Slot Beneath The Tiguan

Volkswagen has been hinting a new entry-level crossover for America, which will in all likelihood be a revised version of the Tharu.

The compact crossover will be sold in North and South America and is tentatively known as the Tarek. Models built for North America will be made in Mexico, while South American variants will be built in Argentina.

Volkswagen announced the news during an event at their Pacheco plant which currently builds the Amarok and Suran. Autoblog Argentina attended and reports the crossover will go into production locally in 2021.

The Tarek will ride on the MQB platform and Volkswagen’s Leonardo Ezcurra told the publication the crossover will slot between the T-Cross and Tiguan AllSpace. Ezcurra went on to say the model will compete locally with crossovers such as the Jeep Compass, Ford Kuga / Escape, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.

The executive went on to say the Argentinian model will be launched with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that produces 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS). It will be paired to a six-speed automatic transmission which sends power exclusively to the front wheels.

When asked about the possibility of an all-wheel drive variant, Ezcurra said it’s being considered. However, he reiterated the crossover would be launched with front-wheel drive.

While the Tarek will have a lot in common with the Chinese-spec Tharu, it won’t be identical. In particular, Ezcurra said customers can expect a more aggressive design and slight changes to the interior.

In terms of size, the model will be 175.9 inches (4468 mm) long, 72.4 inches (1841 mm) wide and 63.9 inches (1624 mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 105.6 inches (2681 mm). This would make the Tarek 9.2 inches (234 mm) shorter than the US-spec Tiguan and the wheelbase would be 4.3 inches (109 mm) smaller.

In remains unclear how much the US-spec model will have in common with the Argentinian variant, but we should learn more closer to launch.

H/T to Motor1

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  • Bash

    More suvs. Actually they started to make sense to me. I’m still all sporty powerful sedan guy, but suv does make sense.

    • charlotteharry57

      Late bloomer, eh? I still don’t want one. Hoping the generation that’s starting driving does what it says and ignores them.

      • dumblikeyou2

        Some studies suggest Gen-Z have no desire to drive what they essentially grew up in and what their parents drove so SUV’s be damned. Maybe they’ll be into what their grandparents drove in the 70s, station wagons.

  • charlotteharry57

    Can’t VW please come up with a common usage name for this? Tiguan and Touareg were/are hideous.

  • Oscar Cereijo

    Tiguan->Karoq->Ateca->Tharu->Tarek… next!

  • Why not just sell the T-Roc and T-Cross in the US and be done with it? Doing so ASAP would bring in $$$ much faster.

    • Rocket

      Cost, plain and simple. VW’s as much as said so. They seem convinced that Americans aren’t sophisticated enough to appreciate their better stuff, so we get lackluster models like the Atlas, NA Passat, Tiguan and Jetta.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Too small.

      • Is it really any smaller than the Ecosport, Venue and Kicks?

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          No. Do they really sell that many of these in the US?

          • Rocket

            Ford sold roughly 55,000 of the embarrassingly awful EcoSports in the US in 2018.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Yes but your typical American commuter hasn’t got a Scooby about cars in general.
            Actually that VW may do well…

          • JRP

            Yes. They’re everywhere.

  • erly5

    Interestingly no shots of the dash


    is this a skoda karoq?

    • JRP


    • XtremWize

      Or a Seat Ateca?

  • ME

    It looks nice so far. With ICE becoming a thing of the past, buyers might want to focus on their ID line up.

    • Harry_Wild

      With hybrids included and government purchases of EV, still only 2% of market share. It one remove government purchases, it slightly over 1% market share in the U.S. in 2018!

  • I find it weird how my name can now somehow be confused for an SUV…

  • Harry_Wild

    U.S. Tiguan need to re-worked to be more sporty! Current it is slow and has no feel for the road, bad handling. Only one engine option.

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