Driving off the fairway: VW CrossGolf

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Volkswagen's popular Golf keeps inching closer and closer to the Tiguan SUV it will spawn. VW has taken the wraps off its latest soft-roader: the Golf Plus Cross (a.k.a. CrossGolf), which adds to the embiggened Golf Plus with raised suspension and revised trim, similar to the treatment received by the smaller CrossPolo. It's aimed at doing to the Golf Plus what Audi's Allroad did for its A6.

The Golf Plus Cross is treated to SUV-style bumpers front and back, roof rails, minimal side body-cladding and wheel arches surrounding the new 17" alloys. No word yet on whether the little cute-ute will get all wheel drive when it goes on sale in Europe this coming January. Four engines will be available. The gasoline engines are the 102 HP 1.6L and the 140 HP 1.4 TSI. Naturally, there are diesels as well: a 105 HP 1.9 TDI and a 2.0 TDI with 140 horsepower.

(More pics after the jump.)

[Sources: The Raw Story, Auto Motor und Sport]

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VW Cross Golf

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