Geneva Preview: 2011 Vw CrossPolo

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 25, 2010

In Volkswagen's plan to be the world's largest automaker by 2018, it would have to carefully weigh decisions and as much as possible, not commit any serious mistakes. Its lineup would have to be improved too.

Apparently, Volkwswagen had looked at the success of the Polo last year and thought that this time, it will present the new CrossPolo at the Geneva Motor Show.

The CrossPolo's ground clearance has been increased and will ride 15 mm higher than a standard Polo.

The CrossPolo, which will only come in a five door configuration, will be offered in the following engines: 1.2 liter 70 hp, 1.4 liter 85 hp and 1.2 liter TSI 105 hp petrol engines, as well as the 1.6 TDI 75 hp, 90 hp and 105 hp diesel engines.

At the Geneva show, VW will also be unveiling the 2011 Polo GTI, which is "the fastest, most focused and cleanest performance Polo yet produced." Powering this vehicle is a twin-charged 1.4-liter TSI engine mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission, both of which are also used on the Seat Ibiza Cupra.

The Polo GTI's ride height has been dropped by 15mm compared to the conventional Polo. In Europe, the new Polo has the title of the Car of the Year 2010, the first Volkswagen in 18 years.

Exterior Design

The new Volkswagen CrossPolo is offered in six exterior colors, two of which are exclusive on this model -- "Magma Orange" and "Terra Beige Metallic." Interestingly, the upper areas of the bumpers as well as handles of the door and tailgate are painted with its body color.

On the other hand, the cover trim of the B and C pillars and the window frames are in high-gloss black. At the front, the five-door Volkswagen CrossPolo features individually styled front apron finished in anthracite color. Donning a large air inlet in the center and integrated front fog lights, the front apron sports a black honeycomb insert skirted with fine chrome trim.

On the other hand, the CrossPolo’s bumper features a lower edge section finished in light silver with the graphic looks of underbody protection. This new CrossPolo inherits the typical Polo styling – a VW logo integrated on the upper radiator grille with chrome inlay as well as dual headlights with standard daytime running lights.

Noticeable on the sides of the VW CrossPolo are athletic black wheelarch extensions as well as coordinated body sills, which continues into the lower door area, thereby protecting the vehicle from damage usually acquired during tight parking or off-road driving.

The side profile of the VW CrossPolo hints at the model’s toughness. It is fitted with "Budapest"-styled 17-inch alloy wheels in 5-spoke design wrapped in size 215/40 tires. The Volkswagen CrossPolo still has its traditional feature – the silver anodized roof rails.

These rails are not only decorative but they can be used for mounting roof boxes and carrier systems up to 75 kilograms. This color treatment continues to the CrossPolo’s door mirrors.

Meanwhile, the rear of the Volkswagen CrossPolo still sports a rugged all-terrain look, with the lower section of the bumper built with black, rugged plastic. A section in the certain of the bumper is painted in silver and is styled to appear like a diffuser.

Interior Design

Moving inside, the Volkswagen CrossPolo features sport seats, the door trim and the rear bench all in two-tone fabrics. Owners could avail of any of the four different color trims depending on the exterior color. As for the seats, their outer areas are always in anthracite color, and their inner panels and middle sections of the door trim panels could be specified "Hot Orange", "Orange", "Latte Macchiato" and "Grey."

Meanwhile, the seat contact surfaces for the back and legs feature blacked-webbed fabrics with the ‘Dimension’ pattern. Additionally, backrests of the front seats feature an embroidered "CrossPolo" signature.

Drivers could immediately feel and sense the high-end nature of the VW CrossPolo. For instance, the steering wheel is covered in fine perforated leather and features spokes produced from a brushed chrome application.

Additionally, the seams of the steering wheel cover as well as the parking brake handle have the same color as that of the interior trim. On the other hand, the VW CrossPolo's instrument panel is finished in "Slush" technology and comes with a soft surface texture.

Offered as standard for the Volkswagen CrossPolo are leather-trimmed steering wheel, height-adjustable sport seats, pockets on the backs of the front seats and sliding drawers beneath, and an asymmetrically split rear bench and backrest.

Additional standard equipment includes a center armrest in front and pedal caps in aluminum look as well as chrome detail on a number of switches and components like door handles, air vents and surrounds for the window lift switches.

Moreover, the CrossPolo is provided with standard equipment like electric adjustable and heated door mirrors, illuminated make-up mirrors in the sun visors, and electric window lifts. It also comes with a multi-function display (MFA) that includes tire pressure monitoring and central locking with RF remote control.

Press Release

Vw CrossPolo

The next generation of the Volkswagen CrossPolo is ready for new adventures. The clever compact in rugged all-terrain look is celebrating its world premiere at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. After the Volkswagen Polo base version presented in 2009 and the Polo BlueMotion (debut in 2010) with its superior and possibly record-breaking fuel efficiency, as well as the VW Polo GTI also debuting in Geneva, the Volkswagen CrossPolo completes the series as a fourth model. With its refreshingly cheeky design, unique world of colours and features, and a higher ride height (15 millimetre gain), the five-door 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. Three 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 Volkswagen CrossPolo continues in the tradition of its successful predecessors: the Polo Fun and the first generation VW 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 Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen 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 VW CrossPolo are the 17-inch alloy wheels ("Budapest" style) in 5-spoke design with size 215/40 tyres.

Another unmistakable characteristic of the Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen 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 VW 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 Volkswagen CrossPolo is a fitting match for 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 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 VW CrossPolo's high level of quality is highlighted by the instrument panel, finished in "Slush" technology with its soft surface texture that is pleasant to the touch.

The Volkswagen 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 (MFA) 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 Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen 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 VW 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 Volkswagen CrossPolo engines meet the limits of the Euro-5 emissions standard.

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