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.