• Jun 16th 2010 at 9:26AM
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2012 Volkswagen CrossPolo – Click above for high-res image gallery

Smaller cars may be taking over from larger SUVs around the world, but that hardly means that the go-anywhere, rough-and-tumble image of the sport-ute has disappeared from buyers' minds. That's where softroaders come in. Vehicles like the Volkswagen CrossPolo blend off-road styling with a small form factor.

VW gave us a sneak peek at the new CrossPolo back in Geneva, but is only officially revealing the full range now. Based on the new Polo hatchback, the CrossPolo gets a boost in ride height and some tasteful body cladding to give it that backcountry appeal. A new front end – treated in dark gray and blending into the wheel arches, quarter panels and rear bumper – plus 17-inch alloys and roof rails complete the package, which can be ordered by non-U.S. types with six engine options – three gasoline and three diesels – in any of six exterior shades, including two colors unique to the CrossPolo.

Intrigued? There's plenty more information where that came from in the press release after the jump, and a fresh batch of high-res photos in the gallery below.

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The New CrossPolo
New CrossPolo Rocks in the Compact Class
  • Five-door all-around vehicle with clever details and rugged all-terrain look
  • New generation CrossPolo shows independent styling and range of colours
Wolfsburg, 14 June 2010 - The next generation CrossPolo is ready for new adventures. After the Polo base version presented in 2009 and the Polo BlueMotion (debut in 2010) with its superior and possibly record-breaking fuel efficiency, and the Polo GTI that is also launching at this time, the CrossPolo now completes the series as a fourth model. With its refreshingly cheeky all-terrain look, unique world of colours and features, and a higher ride height (15 millimetre gain), the CrossPolo is very appealing as one of the most unconventional vehicles in its class.

This all-rounder is powered by extremely fuel-efficient engines with a power range from 51 kW / 70 PS to 77 kW / 105 PS. Buyers can choose from three petrol and three common rail TDI engines. Two of the six engines can be ordered with a 7-speed DSG, like the one used on vehicles such as the Polo GTI.

Fun and Cross: From special edition to production model

The new CrossPolo continues in the tradition of its successful predecessors: the Polo Fun and the first generation CrossPolo derived from it. Originally, a production run of only 5,000 units was planned for the special edition Polo Fun, but great demand exploded all forecasts. The consequence: the step was taken from special edition to production model and to the Cross version.

Exterior: Tough qualities and lifestyle character

The rugged-sporty character of the CrossPolo – always produced as a five-door – are reflected in many of its details. Especially striking: the individually styled front apron – in anthracite colour - with integrated front fog lights and large air inlet at the centre. It gets a black honeycomb insert bordered by fine chrome trim. Towards its lower edge, the bumper finishes with a section in light silver with the visual appearance of underbody protection. Taken from classic Polo styling are the upper radiator grille with its chrome inlay and the VW logo integrated here; the same applies to the dual headlights with standard daytime running lights.

The side profile of the CrossPolo also shows very tough qualities. Here sporty black wheelarch extensions and coordinated body sills set the styling. The latter continue visually into the lower door area. In off-road driving and in the jungle of metropolitan parking spaces, these rugged plastic guards protect the car from damage. Fitting the character of the CrossPolo are the 17-inch alloy wheels ("Budapest" style) in 5-spoke design with tyres in 215/40 format.

Another unmistakable characteristic of the CrossPolo: the silver anodized roof rails. They are a traditional feature on this model, and are certainly not just decorative. They can be used to mount roof boxes and carrier systems with a weight of up to 75 kilograms. Colour coordinated with the roof railing, like on the previous model: the door mirrors that are always painted in silver. At the rear, the CrossPolo continues the rugged all-terrain look in the bumper, whose lower section is also designed in a black, rugged plastic. At its centre, a separate section painted in silver catches the eye that is styled to look like a diffuser.

Six exterior colours accentuate the powerful style of the CrossPolo; offered exclusively on the new Volkswagen are the colours "Magma Orange" and "Terra Beige Metallic". Across the board, the upper areas of the bumpers and handles (door, tailgate) are painted in body colour, while the cover trim of the B and C pillars and the window frames are treated in a high-gloss black.

Interior: Exciting and versatile

The high-end interior of the CrossPolo is a fitting match to the all-terrain look of the exterior. Here it is primarily the two-tone fabrics of the sport seats, the rear bench and the door trim that create a friendly and youthful ambiance. Up to four different colour trims are available, depending on the exterior colour. While the outer areas of the seats are always in anthracite, customers can choose from the colours "Hot Orange", "Orange", "Latte Macchiato" and "Grey" for the inner seat panels and middle sections of the door trim panels. On seat contact surfaces for the back and legs the fabrics ("Dimension" pattern) all have a black webbed structure, making them more durable. The "CrossPolo" signature is embroidered into the backrests of the front seats.

Throughout the cockpit, the materials are friendly to the touch. Take the steering wheel: It has a fine perforated leather cover; the steering wheel spokes are produced from a brushed chrome application. The seams of the steering wheel cover and the leather-trimmed parking brake handle are given the colour of the interior trim. The CrossPolo's high level of quality is illustrated by the dashboard; it is finished in "Slush" technology, which produces soft surfaces that are pleasant to the touch.

The CrossPolo has an ample array of standard equipment. In the interior, specific standard features include height-adjustable sport seats, an asymmetrically split rear bench and backrest, pockets on the backs of the front seats and sliding drawers under them, leather-trimmed steering wheel, centre armrest in front (with storage compartment), pedal caps in aluminium look and chrome on various switches and components. The latter include the door handles, surrounds for the window lift switches and air vents. Also standard: electric adjustable and heated door mirrors, electric window lifts all around, illuminated make-up mirrors in the sun visors, multi-function display including tyre pressure monitoring (tyre pressure monitoring system, TPMS) and central locking with RF remote control.

Estate car qualities: Cargo space increases up to 952 litres

The new CrossPolo also shows off its versatile talents when it comes to space and efficient space utilisation. As mentioned, the rear bench can be folded with a standard 60:40 split. When it is completely folded, the car's cargo capacity increases from 280 to 952 litres. The dual cargo floor - adjustable to two height levels - creates a continuously level loading surface. Four tie-down eyes simplify secure fastening of the cargo to be transported, while two hooks in the side trim panels keep bags from tipping over.

Engine variety: Three petrol, three diesel and one 7-speed DSG

The six engines of the CrossPolo have power levels between 51 kW / 70 PS and 77 kW / 105 PS. The entry level among the petrol engines is represented by the 70-PS version with a 1.2 litre displacement. Following at the next level is a 1.4-litre engine with 63 kW / 85 PS. The top petrol engine is the new 1.2 TSI with the mentioned 105 PS. This turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine accelerates the CrossPolo to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds, reaches a respectable top speed of 188 km/h, yet has a combined fuel consumption of just 5.5 litres of fuel (equivalent to 128 g/km CO2). The highlight here: The Volkswagen not only attains these values in conjunction with the standard 6-speed gearbox, but also with the optional 7-speed DSG, an automatic. Also deliverable as an optional DSG version is the CrossPolo with 85 PS.

Among the quietest engines of their kind are the three common rail, direct-injection turbodiesels (TDI) fitted with a particulate filter. All engines have 1.6 litre displacement and are available at the power levels 55 kW / 75 PS, 66 kW / 90 PS and 77 kW / 105 PS. All three variants need just 4.3 litres of diesel per 100 km in combined mode and emit just 113 grams CO2 per kilometre. The 90-PS version can also be combined with the direct shift gearbox as an option; in this case, combined fuel consumption is 4.6 l/100 km. All CrossPolo engines meet the limits of the Euro-5 emissions standard.

TDI, TSI, DSG and Twincharger are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG or other companies of the Volkswagen Group in Germany and other countries.
Equipment information and technical data apply to models offered in Germany. They may differ in other countries.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      is just plastic placed all over car. An the lifted the car a little bit. If this is something to do soft-roading, i'm the pope
      • 5 Years Ago
      "CrossPolo blend off-road styling with a small form factor"

      Where exactly is the off-road styling... all i see is a hatch...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Redline,

        It's a softroader, not an off-roader - nobody is claiming this will go anywhere other than city streets, which would make it no different than a majority of body-on-frame SUV's that take the kids to soccer practice. Many people buy SUV's for the appearance, very few actually use them to go off-road - that makes this vehicle brilliant.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Kid
        If thats a skid, its a sad one(its really not one) and how do you know its metal?. The fenders are just a black accent, and the ride height? really? Its simply high enough for the front end to make it over a curb. The tire/rim combo is a joke, there is NOTHING rugged about this design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So it pretends to be off-road capable, in other words it's pretentious. Ah, I see now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lets jack it up and put some other plastic bits on it et voila: it must be off-road capable!
        How this is more "off-road" capable than a normal Polo is beyond me, yet dumbass car buyers will believe it because of some plastic bits. At least give it 4-Motion if you want to claim it to be a cross-over VW. Massive fail, yet people will buy it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The plastic trim on the fenders and lower body trim, the raised ride height, the metal front skid plate...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Kid Red:
        From the press release:
        "Towards its lower edge, the bumper finishes with a section in light silver with the visual appearance of underbody protection."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really really really wish they would bring this the US. So much so, I started a group on Facebook if anyone cares to join. It is "Bring the Volkswagen CrossPolo To the United States!".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ready for new adventures . . . ? What hype. This looks like a 20-teens automotive version of a Members Only jacket . . .
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ some1: Your Tonka toy is calling you. The teen forum your looking for in tigerbeat.com.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow VW sure is on an Ugly Streak
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was in Southern Mexico a while back and saw many VW CrossFox vehicles. They looked great! If VW wants to become the World's top car manufacturer, why don't they bring these great cars (CrossFox and Polos) to the States.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Comon, this a cool car anywhere in the world. My wife has one second generation cross polo and its a city car with somewhat different esthetics, thats it. But its a joy to drive with extra height and sporty suspensions, and with the 1.4 diesel engine, it drains 4,4 lts / 100km.
      How about that for a cool car?
      I don't know about the US, but here in Portugal, 99% of the SUVs and Off-Roads are used like any other "regular" vehicle and rarely hit a more damaged road, let alone real off-road.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would sell here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Outside of the retro-muscle-car triplets that are re-living 40 year old glory-days, and trucks, what other mainstream cars are really marketed toward men in any appreciable way?

      Families, economy-minded, women, accoutrements for children, and all sorts of other demographics...

      But I can't think of a whole lot that is marketed toward men who have to drive to commute or travel, but want something nicely equipped and modern with which to do that, and somewhere between a tin sardine can, and a two-ton behemoth.

      Most of those (both the tiny and titanic) are styled for women, and emphasize spongebob square-pants on constant loop in the back seat for children's hypnotism.

      Coupe grand touring cars, truly sporty and affordable sport sedans... CUVs that are sporty enough to actually consider worth-while to drive, since the demise of pretty much any sport-sedan derived wagons... All scarce or absent.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The concept does seem like an SX4. Offer an AWD affordable entry and VW could give Subaru a run for its money in the snowbelt states

      Even down at this price range, VW offers headlight washers. Interesting
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes. People cane VWs for being overpriced downscale cars but some people notice these things. My wife knows zip about cars. But when we were shopping for a second car for her, a wagon/small SUV, she was shocked to find that none of the Japanese brands we shopped had things like headlamp washers, dual-zone AC, heated seats, leather seats, that our 4 year old Jetta has, except at top of the range. Obviously, most americans are focused on 1. "qualility," meaning the amount of abuse and neglect the car can suffer and continue to run 2. engine size.
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