Volkswagen presents Brazil-bound crew cab pickup

August 30, 2014
Volkswagen has published a full set of details about the new crew cab variant of the Saveiro pickup. Called Saveiro Doble Cabina (double cab in Portuguese), the pickup was designed primarily for Latin America.

The Doble Cabina is identical to the stock Saveiro from the tip of the front bumper to the B-pillar, meaning it features a Golf-inspired front end that it shares with the recently-updated Fox hatchback. Beyond that, the pickup boasts a longer cab that frees up space for an extra row of seats, bumping its wheelbase to 108 inches and its overall length to 176 inches. Height has been increased to 60 inches in order to clear up extra head room for the passengers in the rear seats.

Inside, the smallest pickup truck of the Volkswagen lineup packs a simple, function-oriented dashboard with round air vents and an instrument cluster consisting of four analog gauges and a TFT screen.

Volkswagen offers the Doble Cabina with electronic stability control, hill start assist, ABS and parking sensors, features that are rare in Latin America’s small truck segment. Rain-sensing windshield wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and cruise control are all available at an extra cost.

Power comes from a 1.6-liter MSI four-cylinder engine that makes 110 horsepower when burning gasoline and 120 ponies when running on ethanol. The engine spins the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

The Volkswagen Saveiro Doble Cabina will go on sale across Latin America next month, though pricing information won’t be published until closer to the pickup’s launch date. When it lands, the five-seater Saveiro will square off against the similarly-stretched variant of the Fiat Strada.

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