Vw planning not one, but several new crossovers

Article by Christian A., on September 10, 2012

With the belief that the relationship with Suzuki can’t be saved anymore, Volkswagen is proceeding with plans to develop several models on its own. The two companies are currently in the process of breaking up. We’d have to wait a few more years before we could expect a sub-compact Polo crossover to officially debut.

With the rumors circulating, fans are becoming excited about the crossovers and other models that Volkswagen is planning. It was rumored that the Polo crossover will be a true all-terrain vehicle and it will have all-wheel drive, a dual-clutch transmission, all-season tires, skid plates, and heavy-duty suspension.

Furthermore, the new Polo crossover will be lighter by about 176 lbs compared to the current five-door hatchback model. There are six different powertrains available: gas, diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, and ethanol. Sources inside Volkswagen said that the four different 1.4-liter TSI engines range from 105-hp to 150-hp. Its diesel options include a 1.4-liter TDI three-cylinder and a couple of 2.0-liters with 115-hp and 150-hp.

Volkswagen is also currently developing the Up! Alltrack and a bigger Golf Variant Alltrack. The Up! Alltrack model will be offered with a more spacious cabin, bigger wheels, and a more striking exterior, while the Golf Variant Alltrack will get 4Motion all-wheel drive. If these models become successful, Volkswagen may soon release a Touran Alltrack MPV in early 2015.

For more than forty years, Volkswagen has created more than 15 million Passat cars, each of which has been a huge success in various continents. Its success can be attributed to both the favorable all-around qualities and the wide and diverse selection of versions of this model. Volkswagen even wants to extend this model series further with another specialist, which they named the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack.

Many car drivers use their cars for various purposes – as a towing vehicle or a more versatile, sporty and spacious vehicle for light off-road journeys – and often, it just doesn’t come in one car. This is the dilemma that the VW Passat Alltrack wants to solve, closing the gap between the classic Passat Estate and SUVs such as the Tiguan, creating a more versatile combination of both. Compared to the Passat Estate, the Passat Alltrack has new SUV style bumpers complete with wheel well and side sill flares. For off-road purposes, the Alltrack comes with a greater off-road ramp angle, approach angle, departure angle and higher ground clearance, making it the best choice for an SUV alternative on an unpaved road.

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack comes with a choice of two turbocharged direct injection petrol engines (TSI) with 118 kW / 160 PS and 155 kW / 210 PS and two turbodiesels (TDI) with direct injection with 103 kW / 140 PS and 125 kW / 170 PS. The 170 PS TDI and 210 PS TSI are the two most powerful versions of the Alltrack and both come with the standard 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a dual clutch transmission (DSG).

The 140 PS TDI VW Passat Alltrack, on the other hand, is offered with an all-wheel drive version. These engines work together with the “intelligently controlled” 4MOTION all-wheel drive system to ensure efficient fuel consumption as shown by the low combined fuel consumption of 5.7L / 100 km (or 150 g/km CO2) of the 140 PS version and the fuel consumption of 5.8L / 100 km (152 g/km CO2) of the 170 PS version.

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