Crafted for the off-roading enthusiasts, based on the incredible Polo hatchback and belonging to the celebrated clan of cars from Germany, Volkswagen, that is known for the superb quality that reflects off each and every niche of its member rides, it is the fascinating Volkswagen CrossPolo that is, most probably, going to be out on the Indian roads (and on every other possible terrain in the country) by the time the final quarter of 2013 sets in. Strong and sturdy, not just in looks, but also in build, the soon-to-arrive Polo-inspired crossover will be flaunting an exceedingly sporty set of 17-inch alloy wheels, housed in large wheel arches that will be outlined with black plastic moulded extensions just like the bumpers and the side sills. Accentuating the sporty and aggressive nature of the five-door ride will be a pair of silver-coated roof-rails that can be used to tie up about 75kg of luggage on the car's roof, the tough plastic guards that protect the car's body from accidental damage, the 215/40 tyres that surround the 5-spoke alloys and the increment of 15mm in the overall height of the vehicle in comparison to the current model of Polo that adds more character to its off-roader persona.
The rear end of CrossPolo, too, boasts of an all-terrain personality, featuring a black plastic-bordered bumper that blends excellently with the overall theme, a silver-stroked diffuser in the centre and, if rumours are to be believed, even an old-school-SUV-characteristic spare wheel mounted on the tail gate, in which case the spare wheel socket present under the rear-end floor could be utilized for accommodating a CNG tank (that is, if the speculations about the possible CNG option turn out to be true). Speaking of rear end, the trunk space that Volkswagen CrossPolo supplies is a good amount of 280 litres, which can be enhanced to a staggering 952 litres by folding away the 60:40 configured second row of seats. To keep the luggage secure in that voluminous boot, Volkswagen provides four tie-down eyes to buckle the baggages up along with two side-mounted hooks to keep them in their position. That was about the arrangements made available after the luggage enters the car. For putting it all up in the trunk with complete ease, the car provides a dual cargo floor that can be adjusted to two different heights to create a convenient loading plane. In short, the German manufacturer has taken every effort to make this unique hatch not only strong enough to handle the roughest of terrains but also to be of absolute comfort and convenience to the occupants seated in the cabin. Talking about the power-houses that are likely to show up under the hood of the CrossPolo, this upcoming hatchback will, most probably, be coming out in both petrol and diesel options. While the petrol variants are expected to be powered by the same 1.2-litre mill that is soon going to be seen in the Polo line-up also, the oil-burners are the ones that are being anticipated to be the first ones to receive the 1.5-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine of the company in India. Loaded with all these tools, technologies and gadgetries, Volkswagen CrossPolo will be competing against one of the most successful cars of 2012, Renault Duster.
Volkswagen CrossPolo Mileage
This Volkswagen CrossPolo crossover is expected to come with performance-packed petrol and diesel drive trains. The power packed petrol mill is said to deliver appropriate power and torque outputs and will be equipped with a TSI (Turbocharged Stratified Injection) fuel supply system, which will further enhance the fuel efficiency of this crossover. There are reports that this 1.2-litre petrol engine is capable of returning a healthy mileage of 18.1kmpl, which is rather impressive for the Indian road conditions. The diesel trims are expected to house a 1.5-litre diesel mill, however, no specific details have been provided so far for this engine.
Volkswagen CrossPolo Exteriors
The exteriors of this superb Volkswagen CrossPolo have been given an elegant design along with some very exciting and arresting features. The company designers have put in a lot of effort, which shows in the silhouette of this sleek crossover. The front fascia of this Volkswagen CrossPolo has a compactly designed radiator grille, sporting a thick horizontal slat, finished in chrome. There is also a prominent VW badge embedded in the centre of this grille. This radiator grille is flanked by a bright and radiant headlight cluster that comes integrated with high intensity halogen lamps. This headlight cluster is also said to be equipped with standard day time running lights, which add to the urbane styling of this Volkswagen CrossPolo crossover. Below this entire setting lies the body-coloured front bumper that has been neatly designed and features a wide, honey comb styled, perforated, black matte coloured air dam, which helps in cooling the engine faster. On either side of this air dam is a radiant round-shaped fog lamp to further enhance the visibility of the driver in the dark. The front wind screen is made up of toughened laminated glass and gets a pair of efficient intermittent wipers attached that also carry a wash function with them. Coming to the side profile, it has been done in a smooth and lustrous manner, and has been given a gorgeous black matte paint job that imparts a completely different and distinct look to this crossover. This protective cladding spans the whole of the vehicle's body on the lower half including the door side sills, wheel arches and the front and rear bumpers. This beautiful coat is giving this Volkswagen CrossPolo crossover a formidable and aggressive feel all over. The pronounced and astutely carved out wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a set of modish 17-inch light alloy wheels, sporting a classy five-spoke design and being called as 'Budapest'. These stylish alloy rims are covered with superior quality tubeless radial tyres of size 215/14 R17, which facilitate a better road grip on every terrain. Volkswagen CrossPolo also gets a scruff plate that is done up in a dull silver finish to add to the looks of this crossover. The other distinctive feature is the set of silver anodized roof rails on the top, which are making this crossover look sporty. These roof rails are not there just for decorative purposes but can also take on luggage of up to 75kgs and come as an added benefit to the buyers. The roof of this car also gets an antenna mounted for better reception of FM Radio, thereby, enhancing the in-cabin quotient for the passengers. The rear end is lean and has a large wind screen that is expected to get a defogger and also be equipped with a rear wiper along with a wash function as well. The tail lamp cluster is brilliant and a high mounted stop lamp has also been integrated here, adding to the safety aspect of this ride. The rear bumper gets a pair of deflectors and the tail gate can be opened by pressing the large VW logo that is embedded in the centre of the boot lid. This Volkswagen CrossPolo also gets a silver diffuser that adds to its urbane and up market looks.
The company will bring in this crossover in quite a number of vibrant and refreshing exterior paint options for the customers to choose from. All these metallic paint alternatives will certainly be smooth and lustrous making the car look enchanting and awe-inspiring. There is definitely a change in the dimensions of this Volkswagen CrossPolo crossover when compared to the existing hatchback versions, and there is news that this new entrant will have 15mm more height than the current model of Polo.
Volkswagen CrossPolo Interior
Along with the incredibly striking exteriors of Volkswagen CrossPolo, the company has also done up the insides of this crossover with opulence and sophistication. To start with, the seating arrangement is quite comfortable and this ride can take in five passengers very conveniently. The seats are well cushioned and have been covered with top quality upholstery as well. The rear seats can be folded to increase the boot space, which can help in getting in bigger and bulkier stuff. The interior colour scheme is quite classy and there is ample leg room along with proper head and shoulder space for giving the occupants a relaxing and memorable driving experience. This Volkswagen CrossPolo crossover also has a number of small and practical storage spaces scattered across the cabin for the passengers' advantage. There are bottle and cup holders along with map pockets and also a large glove box to keep a few important things at hand. This crossover is also expected to receive a rear parcel tray that will add to its utility aspect. There is also a music system with an MP3 player along with several other options such as an Aux-in port, a USB interface, speakers and also a remote control, which enhances the in-cabin ambiance. The top end version in this line-up is also expected to get steering mounted controls and Bluetooth connectivity for higher levels of comfort. The dashboard has been blessed with a very smart look, and top quality plastics and materials have been used for carving it. The instrument cluster, meanwhile, is quite brilliant with all the dials, meters as well as the other notification and warning lamps being clearly visible and very easy to read with a single glance. The entire instrument cluster has been given radiant white back lighting illumination, which adds to the elegance of the interiors. Apparently, this formidable crossover will also have a comfortable arm rest between the driver and front co-passenger seats that might also have some storage space and an electric socket to charge different gadgets. All these and many more of such incredible aspects, together, make the insides of this aggressive crossover exceedingly wonderful and stunning to look at.