Volkswagen was one of the first manufacturers in India to launch a beefed up version of its premium hatchback, the Polo.
The car featured blacked out plastic cladding on its doors, scuff plates and such other bits to add to the crossover image. However, back then the car was only available in the highline trim with a three-cylinder diesel engine.
Volkswagen has now launched the Cross Polo with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that has been around for a long time. Producing 74PS of power and 110Nm of torque, the engine is claimed to deliver a fuel efficiency of 16.47kmpl. Sadly, for the performance enthusiasts, there is no option of the 1.2 TSI engine in Cross Polo guise. The safety bits include ABS and dual front airbags, validated by the four-star rating that the car scored at the recent Euro NCAP crash test.
The car wears the same 15-inch alloys as seen on the previous Cross Polo as well as similar roof rails. The exteriors as well as interiors feature upgraded bits from the 2014 Polo. At the launch of the new Cross Polo, Michael Mayer, director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt Ltd said, With the new Volkswagen Cross Polo, we will inject some excitement into the premium hatchback segment in India. With its rugged, dynamic styling, upmarket interiors and high levels of safety, we are sure the new Cross Polo will appeal to buyers who like a bit of sportiness and individuality in their cars."
Bookings open from January 15, 2015 and prices start at Rs 6.94 lakh,(ex-Mumbai). The palette offered by Volkswagen comprises of three colours namely, Flash Red, Deep Black and Reflex Silver.
The new Cross Polo will continue to find contenders in the Toyota Etios Cross, the EcoSport and the recently launched Fiat Avventura.
|Volkswagen launches the New Cross Polo 1.2 MPI for the Indian market - New Cross Polo available across India, prices start at Rs 6.94 lakh, ex-showroom Mumbai - New petrol-engined Cross Polo offers an excellent blend of power, performance and fuel economy, along with outstanding build quality and safety Mumbai, 14 January 2015: Volkswagen, Europe's largest carmaker, announces the launch of the New Cross Polo 1.2 MPI today. Powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 74bhp and 110Nm of torque, the New Cross Polo 1.2 MPI boasts crossover design flair, outstanding build quality and class-leading safety. With its 16.47kmpl mileage, the petrol-engined Cross Polo offers an optimum blend of power and fuel economy. Safety levels on the New Cross Polo are unmatched, with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and dual front airbags. As with the rest of the Volkswagen Polo range, the New Cross Polo comes with a 4-star NCAP safety rating. Extras that make the New Cross Polo even more attractive are dual-beam halogen headlamps with black finish, 15-inch alloy wheels, 'Cross' bumpers with silver accents, silver-painted roof rails and rear-view mirror housing and 'Cross' front grille with chrome accent. The New Cross Polo also features upgraded interiors, with leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel, superior 'Cloud Titan Black' upholstery and 'Climatronic' automatic air-conditioning. Speaking at the launch of the New Cross Polo, Mr. Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd. said "With the New Volkswagen Cross Polo, we will inject some excitement into the premium hatchback segment in India. With its rugged, dynamic styling, upmarket interiors and high levels of safety, we are sure the New Cross Polo will appeal to buyers who like a bit of sportiness and individuality in their cars." Bookings of the New Cross Polo will commence from 15 January 2015. Ex-showroom Mumbai prices start at Rs 6.94 lakh|