Nope, you’re not looking at a Passat, nor an Arteon. This is the new Volkswagen Lavida Plus, a bigger version of the Lavida already offered in China. As you might have gathered, it’s not bound for Australia anytime soon.
Where the current Lavida is built on the PQ34 platform debuted on the Mk4 Golf and Mk1 Audi A3, the new Plus rides on the latest MQB architecture which underpins everything from the new Volkswagen Golf and Polo to the Tiguan and Passat. Along with a 65mm increase in body length, the car has a 78mm longer wheelbase for improved passenger space.
According to CarNewsChina, the sedan will be powered by three petrol engines: a 116hp (87kW) 1.5-litre, a 116hp (87kW) 1.2-litre turbo and a 150hp (112kW) 1.4-litre turbo mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic.
Inside, the Lavida Plus has gained a touchscreen infotainment system (6.5-inch standard, 8.0-inch optional), dual-zone climate control, and a multifunction steering wheel. Apple CarPlay will be fitted as standard.
There’s also the option of an electric sunroof, electric driver’s seat adjustment, rear air vents, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
Outside, the car gets LED headlights and a sloping roofline, both of which appear to be inspired by the Arteon. The tail-lights are similar to those on the Jetta, while the low-profile diffuser and faux exhaust tips are a Volkswagen styling touch used across the range.
The Lavida Plus is expected to be followed by a new Bora, also limited to the Chinese market.
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