The sub-compact crossover segment is booming globally and Volkswagen also plans to be a part of it. VW Polo-based sub-compact crossover has been in the rumour mill since long time. The German automaker showed its interest in sub-compact crossover segment with development of the T-Roc concept which was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Turns out, the Polo-based sub-compact crossover rumour is no longer a rumour as the company has confirmed the sub-compact crossover for production, as per a fresh report by Inautonews.
The fifth-generation model of the B-segment hatchback has been in the market since 2009 and is due for a major update now. The next-generation Polo is expected to arrive in early 2016, solely in 5-door version in order to save development and production costs by putting an axe on the slow selling 3-door version of the hatchback. The sub-compact crossover will be based on the sixth-generation Polo.
The hatchback, and thus the sub-compact crossover also, are most likely to be built upon the company’s MQB platform. The bigger Polo will join the company’s crossover/SUV range as an entry-level vehicle positioned below the Tiguan. The new sub-compact crossover’s demand should majorly be from European, Asia-Pacific and South American markets. The sub-compact crossover won’t be sold in the U.S. market, as per the report.
Engine options would be more or less same as that of the hatchback but maybe with more power considering the bigger and heavier body. More safety, comfort and convenience features are likely to be offered than the hatchback. The overall design of the body could be inspired from the T-Roc. The styling cues would be inspired from the hatchback. The new sub-compact crossover can be expected to arrive in late 2016 or early 2017, and will compete with the likes of Honda HR-V (Vezel), Mazda CX-3, SsangYong Tivoli, Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Trax, Opel Mokka, Renault Captur, Ford EcoSport, Peugeot 2008 and so on.