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Volkswagen Working on Polo and Up! Based Crossovers

The story all over the news today is that Volkswagen is working on a pair of new crossover models to sit below the Tiguan in the range. Of course, the Germans are also developing a bigger seven-seater, so it’s not like they’ll be wanting in therms of soft-roaders.
2011 Volkswagen Cross Coupe Concept 1 photo
The German business publication Handelsblatt reports that one of the crossovers will be based on the Polo and should rival the new Opel Mokka as well as Nissan’s popular Juke.

Automotive News Europe sheds further light on the story, revealing that VW bosses planned a Suzuki SX4 derivative that should have been called the Rockton. But as everybody knows the two companies split ways and the project had to be killed off.

The other new crossover we can expect is based on the much smaller Up! city car, which a company official in charge of the manufacturing plant where it’s built somewhat hinted at. Of course he didn’t really need to hint, as Volkswagen already showed the Cross Up! concept in Frankfurt last year.

This was more like a jacked up little hatch with underbody and side protection, much like the Passat Allrack. Should demand for the normal Up! be strong enough, Volkswagen will surely want to diversify. The automaker also showed the Buggy Up! two-seater, which was more of a recreational vehicle.


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