Under the old CEO Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen used to be renowned for targeting every segment imaginable. However, the Polo SUV will come out in 2018, about eight years after the Nissan Juke. Volkswagen had plans for an even smaller crossover called the Taigun. However, it was scrapped because it seemed unprofitable. Audi already has its version, the Q2, lined up for the European market.
Skoda and SEAT are also developing subcompact crossovers. All will ride on the MQB platform, not the PQ25 architecture that underpins the Polo, A1 and all the other superminis. This plus all-wheel drive will set them apart from the Polo Cross, Fabia ScoutLine, and other beefy hatchbacks.
Right as we speak, Volkswagen is organizing a launch event for the 2016 Tiguan in Berlin. However, this rendering we are showing you is so similar that people might not even notice it's a different car. Remco M did a great job transforming the T-Cross Breeze concept into something the Germans could put into production.
Like many VW models, the Polo SUV will come in several different flavors. At least two body styles will exist, the normal one and the R-Line.
The basic engine is pretty much guaranteed to be a 1-liter 3-cylinder turbo, the one SEAT also uses in the bigger Ateca model. For whatever reason, VW is moving away from the 1.2-liter architecture and the 1.8 TSI also seems to be going away. Considering the Polo SUV will only be sold in Europe at first, we suspect the vast majority of sales will be of the TDI kind, though not that many will have all-wheel drive.
The name is not yet known, but the rumors all hint at something with the letter T: Teracor, Tribue, Taigun and Terasun.