Volkswagen Wants To Build A Tiny SUV Based On The Polo

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We doubt the US will get this tiny utility vehicle.

At last year's Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen showed off its T-Cross Breeze Conce, a small car but with a raised ride height to create a crossover. The oddest part about the concept was a convertible roof that was very reminiscent of the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and the new Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet. We didn't understand how Volkswagen could be working on such a niche vehicle like the T-Cross Breeze after Dieselgate, but there were some leaked images that hinted Volkswagen would put it into production.

Even though the Evoque Cabrio has shown the convertible SUV can actually turn out OK, there is now some more news surrounding this rumored VW SUV. Autocar reports that an upcoming VW SUV will be based on the Polo and take inspiration from the T-Cross Breeze. Unlike the odd concept, the production version will lose the convertible top and gain a pair of rear doors to make it more practical. The finished product will be a competitor of small European SUVs like the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka. Like the Polo, this SUV is rumored to be built in Volkswagen's Pamplona factory in Spain. The car has not been official announced, so no word on whether the US will get it.

If it were US-bound, this subcompact SUV would sit below the Tiguan in the lineup, and could potentially outsell the Golf and Golf Sportwagon in the wagon and hatchback-hating US market. Engines will likely be borrowed from the Polo ranging from three to four cylinder diesel and gas engines with 74 to 200 hp (although the US wouldn't get the oil burner). VW is also developing a gas-electric drivetrain that could find its way to this new SUV. This electric drivetrain would be a mild hybrid with a 15kW electric motor mounted within the front of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This rumor really shows that VW is sticking to the trend of building more SUVs, a key demand coming from its US dealerships.


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