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Volkswagen Polo SUV Rendered with T-Cross Front

Volkswagen has taken a huge hit for cheating on emissions, but all the crossover projects remain on track. After the all-new Tiguan, the company will launch a bigger 7-seat crossover inspired by the Cross Blue concept, followed by the so-called "Polo SUV."
Volkswagen Polo SUV Rendered with T-Cross Front 3 photos
Photo: Remco M
Volkswagen Polo SUV Rendered with T-Cross FrontVolkswagen Polo SUV Rendered with T-Cross Front
To be honest, this thing has absolutely nothing in common with the Polo. Yes, both occupy the subcompact class, but they are like a baby horse and a kitten. From one bumper to the other, the subcompact crossover will measure 4.2 meters, about 20 cm more than the current Polo.

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.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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