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Spyshots: Polo SUV Test Mule Is a Jacked-Up Golf

If we remember correctly, the Golf 3-door was the first MQB production car... ever. It's fitting that it serves as the underpinnings for the "Polo SUV," a subcompact crossover that doesn't have a proper name but does have a preview concept. So you never have to stare at the weird donkey-car and wonder what they'll make out of it.
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When Volkswagen is finished hitting this Golf with little hammers and elephant butts (remember that Peugeot commercial?), it should end up looking like the T-Cross Breeze concept from Geneva.

The thing about the MQB platform is that it defines modularity. Nearly everything can be changed, including the wheelbase and overhangs. The only thing that stays the same is the distance between the firewall and the front axle.

And it's not like they'll make the Polo SUV the size of an actual Polo. No, based on the Audi Q2, we can tell you that it will be about 4.2 meters long. Volkswagen's idea of a MINI Countryman rival shouldn't skimp out on technology, as nearly everything that's available on the Golf or Passat will be seen here, including the fancy digital dash.

Engines will include both 3- and 4-cylinder turbocharged units. The basic one will be 1.0-liter TSI, which Volkswagen is relying on increasingly. As for the diesels, we really don't know what to tell you. Engineers could work with the 1.4 TDI 3-banger, the 1.6 TDI or develop a new 1.5-liter as the rumors suggest. There will also be more powerful engines with displacements that aren't available on the Polo hatchback, such as the 2.0 TDI. AWD and a 7-speed DSG will be optional goodies.

As we've mentioned already, the "Polo SUV" doesn't have a name yet. But it should start with a "T" because all VW crossovers do and the concepts followed the tradition as well: T-Roc and T-Cross. As we've mentioned, Audi has already developed its small Q model. Both Skoda and SEAT will launch their versions in 2017, so whatever type of juice you like, they will have a vending machine for it.

 
 
 
 
 

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