The new Volkswagen Cross Lavida has arrived at Volkswagen dealers throughout China, it will be launched on the Chinese auto market later this month. The Cross Lavida is a cross-themed variant of the Volkswagen Gran Lavida that was launched on the Chinese car market in late June. Price will start around 150.000 yuan.
The Cross Lavida stands slightly higher on its feet and comes with all the usual cross thingies such as half-black bumpers, black plastic around the wheel arches, skid plates at the front and on the back, alu-look side skirts, special alloys, and most importantly a roof rack. Power comes from a 1.4 turbo with 130hp mated to a 6-speed DSG sending power to the front wheels. The Cross Lavida is made in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture.
Cross cars are still very popular in China, often outselling the vehicle they are based on. Chinese car buyers are increasingly looking for ‘individuality’ and they feel a mass-made crosser brings just that. The Cross Lavida is the first Volkswagen China-only crossover, but a similar vehicle based on the China-only Santana seems on the way.