Volkswagen Gran Lavida debut in ChinaMay 25, 2018
In China revealed a new generation hatchback. Sales of new items will begin closer to the autumn of this year.
Let’s remind, Volkswagen under name Lavida sells in China adapted for the local market Jetta. Recently, as part of the Beijing Motor Show, a third-generation sedan built on the MQB platform was introduced. The Chinese “four-door” has much in common with the global Jetta, but Lavida also had a modification in the five-door body, which was replaced by the generation now.
True, if the Jetta is a derivative of the hatchback Golf, then with Lavida the situation is somewhat different. Volkswagen Gran Lavida can not be called an analogue of the Golf. The model with the prefix Gran, rather, can be called a hybrid of the versatile and hatchback. The wheelbase in this model is 2,688 mm, which is identical to the Jetta and Lavida, while at Golf it is 2,620 mm. The length of the Gran Lavida is almost the same with the Golf Variant – 4 541 and 4 567 mm, respectively. True, the capacity of the trunk Lavida concede to the estate, and yet there is a large shelf, and not a roll blind.
The design of the Salon Gran Lavida is identical to the sedan: between the backs of the front seats are ventilation deflectors, and for an additional fee leather interior upholstery, electric front seats, infotainment system and hatch are available. A standard radio is included in the standard equipment of the car. The device is exclusively analog.
The technical stuff is borrowed from the sedan: an atmospheric 1.5-liter engine with 116 hp. in combination with a mechanical or six-speed automatic transmission, as well as a 1.4-liter TSI turbo engine with 140 hp complete with a preselective robotic DSG gearbox. Rear semi-independent suspension.
The Volkswagen Gran Lavida will be assembled at the facilities of the joint venture Shanghai Volkswagen. Live deliveries of cars will begin closer to the autumn of this year.
Sales of Lavida outside of China are not planned. By the way, the previous generation model is the second most popular model in the Chinese market in 2017, when 517 thousand units were sold.
At the motor show in Beijing, also held a public premiere of the Volkswagen Arteon, although in China the model will be sold under the name of the predecessor – CC.
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