Volkswagen is preparing to release the Polo SUV, a new model based on the next-generation Polo. With this model, VW is confident about making a mark at the expanding compact-SUV segment. The Polo SUV would be the first compact Volkswagen to be spun off from the new MQB platform from the VW Group.
Its versatile underpinnings will be used throughout an expanded next-generation Polo range. The model that VW hopes to pit against the Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke is likely to be similarly sized with the Audi Q2. This model was previewed as the Crosslane Coupé at the Paris motor show last month.
When interviewed by Autocar at the Paris show, VW R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg said that an SUV in the ‘A0 segment’, which is what VW describes as supermini-sized models, was at the top of its priority list for new model development. He said that it has to increase its number of SUV models so that it could do well in the A0 SUV segment.
Hackenberg didn’t give an exact launch date for the new model but implied that it will be in 2014. The new Polo SUV used the VW Cross Coupé concept displayed at the 2011 Tokyo motor show as the inspiration for its style.
Back then, design chief Klaus Bischoff said the concept is a preview for the “the future face of all VW SUVs”. According to Hackenberg, the Polo SUV would be adapted for various markets. It’s expected that emerging markets will get a more basic version. Meanwhile, the European versions will have an appearance and a feel that’s more technically advanced and even more high-end.
While the new Volkswagen Polo brings a new face to the brand, it is a vehicle that is impressive as it is purposeful. Compared to the outgoing model, it is longer by 54 mm with an overall length of 3,970 mm. It is also wider by 32 mm with total width now at 1,682 mm. The height however has been lowered 13 mm to 1,453 mm but when combined with the new width, gives the vehicle a more purposeful look and truly dynamic stance.
With these dimensions, the new Polo allows for five people to sit in comfort with luggage space increased as well from 280 liters to 952 liters. In terms of style, it utilizes precise and sharp but not to the point of becoming gimmicky. This is important given that gimmicks generally do not last and have a tendency to fade. For VW, the important thing is that when it comes to looking into the long run, less is more.
It is no wonder then why models from the brand continue to have high resale values. Looking at the new Polo, the new design is considered to have a more mature feel rather than being cute. This is truly unlike many models one sees on the super-mini or A0 segment. All of this was made possible through the efforts of Walter de Silva, the one who came up with the new design language.
For this model, de Silva used the principle of “La Semplicità,” which translates to “the simplicity.” It is important to note that this philosophy does not mean that features are reduced. Instead, it is the exact opposite. According to de Silva himself, both the style and the design where guided with the concepts of athleticism, dynamics, emotion, and elegance.
Since the goal was to be clear and simple, he continues, it was important to determine how to convey what the designers wanted while being able to connect with the observers. The starting point then of the development was to look into the brand itself, which includes not just the history but also the values it implements. Explaining further, de Silva says as expected from VW, there are a number of unique design elements that have managed to evolve. One example is how the brand has been able to have a balance of proportions and architecture mastery as the main foundation.
Its use of horizontal lines, he adds, has become a unifying feature across all of the brand’s models. He continues by stating that there is also that love for details, a characteristic that has since then become an important part when it comes to expression. It goes without saying that proof of the high quality level can be observed through how the lines and surfaces are precise. All of these design principles can be seen in the new VW Polo.