While not entirely official, the facelifted Volkswagen Saveiro has apparently been showcased in Brazil. While the automaker adopts its classic evolutionary design stance, the mechanical updates are more relevant for the pickup truck.
The Saveior has been on the Brazilian market since 2010 and was last refreshed back in 2014, but now Volkswagen do Brazil has decided to once more up the ante because of recent competition coming from the Renault Duster Oroch and the Fiat Toro – with the design tweaks carefully treading the path set by the 2016 Gol Trend and the Voyager before. The front end sports a new headlight styling, a bigger grille and fresh character lines for the hood. The fog lights also have a cornering feature and there are also new sets of alloy wheels. We also came up on footage depicting the Saveiro Cross, which comes with increased body cladding protection and a silver touch on the chin spoiler.
There’s no official data on the model just yet, but we do know the Saveiro uses Golf looks and mechanical underpinnings from the small Gol Hatchback. The main powertrain is a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated unit with direct injection that churns out 110 hp and 154 Nm (113.5 lb-ft) on regular gas or 120 hp and 156 Nm (115 lb-ft) on ethanol. It’s linked to a five-speed manual and power is sent to the front wheels – and there are also two body styles available: regular with just two seats and the “Cabina Dupla” – meaning Double Cab.