Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Brand China: “By 2020, we will double our SUV family from six to at least 12 SUV model series. In each of our joint ventures – FAW Volkswagen and SAIC VOLKSWAGEN – we will offer a complete palette of SUV models for every taste, from compact to extra roomy, highly stylish to highly functional, from powerful design to premium equipment.”
In spring of this year, as part of the world premiere of the new Touareg in Beijing, Volkswagen offered a sneak peek at the SUVs Tayron and Tharu. At the end of October, Volkswagen introduced the market to the Tayron from FAW Volkswagen. The name is a melding of the words ‘tiger’ and ‘iron’ and reflects the powerful design of the new SUV. The Tayron is based on the modular transverse matrix and was designed for China’s middle- to upper-class SUV market.
Designating it as a “Powerful Family SUV” the brand previewed the Tharu, produced by the joint venture partner SAIC Volkswagen. The Tharu is 4.453 mm long, 1.841 mm wide and1.632 mm tall, starting it in the compact class. Its wheelbase is 2.680 mm. The Tharu also offers expansive storage space, with a luggage compartment of 455 litres which can be increased to up to 1.542 litres when the bench seat is folded down.