We’ve got our hands on the pictures of Volkswagen’s CrossPolo testing on the Mumbai-Gujarat highway.
The hatchback off-roader, with its rugged off-road kit, trumps any regular hatch in terms of looks. The ride height has been increased by around 15mm and a thick, matte plastic band extends across the chin, the flanks and around the rear. The wheel arches get the same treatment and there’s a scuff plate with a dull silver finish. The CrossPolo also gets silver anodised roof rails where up to 75kg of luggage can be mounted and secured. A silver diffuser at the rear and big 17-inch wheels complete the off-roader look.
This specific testing mule could be in the development stage, but according to our sources, the CrossPolo could even be offered here with a tailgate-mounted spare wheel, lending it even more SUV flair. And since the spare wheel isn’t counted as part of the car’s length, the car will still enjoy the sub-four-metre excise duty benefits.
If VW prices the CrossPolo cleverly and packs it with enough kit, it could crack open an interesting niche.