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2014 Volkswagen Saveiro Cross Is a Funky Brazilian Pickup

What's with all the talk about Volkswagen working on a low-budget brant that can sell a car for under $8,000? Come on, haven't you guys heard about what they're selling in south America?!
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If that's the case, then check out the 2014 Saveiro Cross. It's been on sale in places like Brazil since last year and it looks like a bad rendering of a Volkswagen Polo. But we assure you, this is not us playing an elaborate joke using Photoshop, even though we were also rubbing our eyes as if looking at a picture of the Chupacabra. The Saveiro is a two-door chopped version of the Gol and like its hatchback brother it received a facelift last year.

It was originally launched back in August 2009 with either regular or extended cab, both having a wheelbase that's 152 mm longer than the one of the Gol. The Saveiro Cross is a lot newer than that, having been released last year, and features rugged plastic protective cladding, larger alloy wheels with beefy tires and a a bit of aluminum trim on the lower front bumper and side skirts. It really is a cool-looking thing, isn't it?… in a Subaru Baja sort of way.

The only engine available is the 1.6-liter borrowed from the Gol. This makes 101 hp and 154 Nm on regular gas or 104 hp and 156 Nm on ethanol, a popular fuel in South America. The only transmission option is a 5-speed manual and no, it's not RWD.

Prices in Brazil start at R$51,890 (equivalent to $22,923) and standard kit includes the following:

  • air conditioning
  • Airbag for driver and passenger
  • Canvas objects under the front passenger seat
  • Steering column with adjustable height and depth
  • Auxiliary headlights dual action
  • ABS brakes with EBD
  • Side detailing with inscription "Saveiro Cross"
  • Sliding rear window with protection grid
  • Lights incorporated toward the rear of the bed
  • Fender flares for the wheel housings
  • Frame sills
  • Alloy rims in 15 "
  • New bumpers with "off-road" logo and "CROSS" on the radiator grille
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Tyres 205/60 R15 "" All Terrain "
  • Electric mirrors with tilt-down system
  • Mirrors caps in silver
  • Parking Sensor
  • Additional 12V outlet

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