It is by now a well known fact that the good folks at Volkswagen India will soon launch yet another variant of the Polo hatchback. Christened as the Volkswagen CrossPolo, the upcoming variant will be to the Polo what the Scout was to the Fabia. Powering the Volkswagen CrossPolo will be a 1.6 Litre TDI turbo diesel engine that will be borrowed from the Vento diesel sedan. 250Nm of torque coupled with high ground clearance, butch styling and big wheels should make the CrossPolo an ideal companion on most Indian roads.
The CrossPolo will become a logical successor to the soon-to-be-discontinued Skoda Fabia. Unlike the Fabia Scout, which was underpowered right from the word go with 1.2 Liter-3 cylinder TDI/MPI power options, the CrossPolo should come across as a much more potent car with a stonker of a diesel engine.
It is being said that the India spec CrossPolo might not come with a hatch mounted spare wheel as redesigning the hatch lid to accommodate the spare wheel could lead to high development costs and hence, high sticker price.
Visual changes on the upcoming Volkswagen Polo Cross include silver garnishing on Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs), plastic body cladding, roof rails, CrossPolo Decals, alloys wheels and new front and rear bumpers.
The Volkswagen CrossPolo is expected to be launched in a couple of months of time and would be priced almost INR 1.5 lakhs higher than similarly equipped Polo hatchback variants. It will be interesting to see if a more powerful engine would make the CrossPolo much more successful than the Fabia Scout.