Volkswagen, the German car giant, has been working on a new compact SUV that’s based on the latest-generation Polo. What’s interesting is that while the new-gen Polo has been conspicuous by its absence from VW India’s product portfolio, the ‘Polo SUV’ is India-bound. It was recently spotted testing with almost no camouflage, which means we finally know what the upcoming compact SUV looks like.
The upcoming Volkswagen Polo SUV will be based on the T-Cross Breeze concept that was showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. In international markets, this SUV will be slotted below the recently launched T-Roc. Its market name will be T-Cross. Going by the spy images that we have here, it looks like the Polo SUV will borrow many design cues from bigger SUVs, such as the Tiguan and the new-gen Touareg.
It may be noted here that the headlights and tail lights of the spy mule were hidden under stickers but in all probability, they’ll have the same design elements as other modern VW SUVs. The front grille will have full-width horizontal louvres while the SUV will have taut surfaces with bold creases. Speculation is rife that Volkswagen will offer many funky colour options and even dual-tone paint schemes to attract young buyers. On the inside, the T-Cross will have several comfort- and convenience-enhancing features. The car will also come with a handful of active and passive safety features.
The Volkswagen Polo SUV, nay, the T-Cross is just one of as many as 19 SUVs that the German auto giant intends to launch by 2020. The T-Cross is also the product that is likely to help Volkswagen India establish a stronger foothold in the market. The India launch of this SUV will be a part of the company’s India 2.0 offensive. Internationally, the T-Cross will be underpinned by the highly publicized MQB platform.
In India, however, the compact SUV will get the MQB-A0-IN platform that is being developed especially for the Indian car market. This will enable the car manufacturer to reduce the overall length of the SUV to under four meters. It will also help the company keep production costs under check. The T-Cross will compete with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, and Tata Nexon. The Volkswagen T-Cross is likely to make its international debut by the end of this year. However, its India launch isn’t expected to take place anytime before late-2019 to early-2020.
Source – Auto Express