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Can Volkswagen Cross Polo take on EcoSport, Ertiga?

August 27, 2013 10:06 IST

Can Volkswagen Cross Polo take on EcoSport, Ertiga?

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Volkswagen Polo has always been an important carline in the Indian portfolio of the brand and the company always made sure that the hatch remains relevant and exciting for the customers, as the shelf life of every product has gone down.

When Skoda introduced the new Fabia Scout as the aggressive and rugged version of the Fabia hatch, Volkswagen went on to replicate the strategy with its new version of the Polo hatch.

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Can Volkswagen Cross Polo take on EcoSport, Ertiga?

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The company took the route of the crossover breeding and decided to titivate the model line-up of the Polo hatch with a cross over variant.

The Indian market is flooded with the crossover models, which have been doing well and has been the fore-runners in the sales of their respective makers.

The Cross Polo has been created for those looking at a premium hatchback in a sporty ‘crossover’ style’.

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Spawned on the Volkswagen Polo, the Cross Polo comes with a price tag of Rs 775,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi) with the difference tagged between the new version and the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI of around Rs 24,000 and Rs 60,000 in case of the Volkswagen Polo TDI Highline.

The Cross Polo comes with enhancement when it comes to the dimension of the hatch and the soft-roading experience that the company guarantees with the new version.

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The new Volkswagen Cross Polo is offered in three different enticing tones of Flash Red, Reflex Silver and Deep Black Pearl.

The bells and whistles have been accentuated and the package of the Polo hatch made more aggressive and rugged to suit the new line of consumers.

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The height has been enhanced with the inclusion of roof rails and is now marked at 1474 mm. The roof rails are silver-anodised and with their inclusion, the Cross Polo hatch is capable of carrying 75kg of luggage, which can be mounted and secured.

The exteriors come with changes that include additional body cladding with the enhancement in the length and width which is now marked at 3,987 mm and 1698 mm respectively.

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The accentuated body refinement of the Cross Polo hatch adds agility and aggressiveness to the mild demeanour of the Polo; with soft-roader capabilities, the mild attitude also gets a makeover towards strength.

The ground clearance is not altered and stays the same at 168 mm but the 16” alloy wheels seen with the Volkswagen Jetta is the new addition for better soft-road capabilities.

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An all-new black colour moulding encompasses the wheel arches, bumpers and side sills.

The side stance has been made rugged with the 16-inch wheels that are incorporated in the wheel arches that come with the same treatment but there is a scuff plate done in dull silver finish, which is new.

The side silhouette defines the crossover qualities of the hatch more, in comparison to the simplistic touch of the Polo.

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The front fascia is anew with smoked headlamps, newfangled front grille and re-shaped fog lamps making a clear differentiation between the two.

The backend in the new Polo hatch comes with reflector inserts for sportier appeal and the side view mirrors come with silver finishing along with chrome renderings. The rear end also receives some Cross Polo tailored decals on the doors.

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The alterations on the interiors include leather wrapped steering wheel, chrome interior trim, gearshift knob and handbrake lever handle.

The storage space is enhanced with the front door storage compartments, a sunglass holder inside glove box and a front centre console with 12V outlet and the interiors have gone on the luxury side with the the superior “Livon” Titanium black upholstery.

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The heart pumping power in the VW Cross Polo is the 1.2L TDI engine whose capability is marked at 74 bhp@ 4200 rpm and a maximum torque of 180 Nm @ 2000 rpm with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

The safety of the passengers have also been kept in mind as the Cross Polo features include Dual frontal airbags, driver and co-passenger side, a high mounted third brake light, fog lights, front and rear and an emergency exit and ABS.

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