SUV flagship to be added to the next generation Volkswagen Polo family

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Image credit: John Mcilroy

Volkswagen is bringing in a new crossover that will be a larger and more practical version of the next generation Polo hatchback. The baby SUV, that is set to augment the Polo range, will most likely be revealed soon after the hatchback has been launched.

Auto Express report that the next generation Polo will be stretched as it will be the first supermini in the VW Group to ride on the MQB platform. The MQB platform on the Polo will be the smallest version of the architecture, it is internally known as the AO.

According to Auto Express, engineers have been struggling to reach an agreement on the wheelbases to be offered throughout the MQB lineup. The A1 structure, which underpins everything from the Audi TT to the VW Golf SV, comes in a total of five different sizes. The AO structure, however, will be fixed to just one wheelbase that will be used by the new Polo and will then be followed by the next generation Audi A1, Fabia and SEAT IBIZA, this is done in effort of minimizing costs.

The AO structure is set to have a 90mm larger wheelbase than the current Polo and is less than 2cm shorter than the Mk6 Golf wheelbase. The increment is done to make way for a bigger boot space as well as to offer more rear passenger space. The front and rear overhangs however, will be short, this is to limit the overall length of the car.

In terms of styling, the next generation Polo will share some of its components with the facelifted Mk7 Golf and though there will be a few tweaks done to the interior quality, the significant improvement will be in connectivity.

The new VW Polo range will have revised versions of VW’s 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine, as well as 1.5 litre units of both petrol and diesel which will replace the 1.4 and 1.6 litre engines. The switch to the MQB platform also allows for the Polo to be offered as a plug-in hybrid with either a petrol or a diesel engine working with the electric motor.

The baby SUV will be offered with a four-wheel-drive system, again this is allowed for by the MQB platform. It will also be offered with either a manual transmission or a DSG. the engine lineup will not include the naturally aspirated 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol engine but rather a turbocharged version of the engine that will be good for about 109hp (81kW).

The bold VW crossover will be one of Volkswagen’s experiment of the idea of small SUVs and is set to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Mazda CX-3 and the Ford EcoSport.

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