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Volkswagen Gran Lavida debuts on the Shanghai Auto Show

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This is the new Volkswagen Gran Lavida, a new China-only sportback/wagon/hatchback/thing based on the China-only Volkswagen Lavida sedan,which is made in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture. Volkswagen says the Gran Lavida is a sportback in style of the Audi A3, the name ‘Gran’ however indicates it is meant to be more of a wagon.

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Whatever it is, it is sure a special vehicle. There isn’t a single automaker in China, local and local-foreign, that makes a car with a body shape like this. Volkswagen hopes the Gran Lavida will attract younger buyers who want something different.

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The Gran Lavida is slightly shorter than the Lavida sedan, 4454 against 4605, wheelbase is the same 2610. Engines as in the sedan: a 130hp 1.4 turbo and a 104hp 1.6. Price for the Gran Lavida will start around 120.000 yuan, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in the second half of this year.

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Dash as in sedan.

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Enough space for the child.

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More wagon than hatch, or maybe more hatch than sportback, or maybe a sportback. Or everything.

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