- Volkswagen’s new Polo based SUV has been confirmed for South America.
- It is likely to launch sometime next year.
- The new SUV could be named T-Sport.
- It will be positioned below India-spec T-Cross in Volkswagen’s line-up.
- It will get copious styling changes over the standard Polo model.
Volkswagen, the German conglomerate is working on a new SUV that will be revealed soon. Volkswagen T-Sport, the new SUV, will be based on the Polo hatchback and is said to launch internationally some time next year. It will underpin Volkswagen’s MQB A0 platform and will be positioned below India-spec T-Cross in Brand’s line-up. Details on the new Polo-based SUV are yet sketchy, albeit the model is likely to be named T-Sport.
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According to reports in media, the new Polo-based SUV will be heavily inspired by its donor model with copious changes made to its styling to give it an aggressive look. Currently, there are no details deeming the engine set-up and transmission options, however, reports are rife that T-Sport could borrow mechanicals from Polo hatchback sold in the South American market.
In India, Volkswagen had launched a cross-hatch based on Polo (Cross Polo) which was phased out later due to lukewarm response from the customers. Changes made to the Cross Polo were primarily restricted to cosmetic updates with a body cladding adding a sporty flair to it. As for the new SUV confirmed for the South American market, it will receive radical changes over its donor model. Volkswagen T-Sport images aren’t out yet, but we may imagine it to carry bits and bytes from T-Cross and Polo.
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The Indian version of T-Cross is likely to be offered with 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre TSI engines. While diesel engines will be missing from the line-up, it could get a CNG variant. The compact SUV will take on the likes of Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta and Kia SP2 SUV in the compact SUV segment. Aside from this SUV, Volkswagen is planning to launch some new models under its India 2.0 plan. The first of the lot will be the Skoda Kamiq followed by Volkswagen T-Cross and a mid-size sedan in 2021 which will replace Vento in the country. As for Volkswagen T-Sport price, it would be too early to say anything but being its close competitors, you may expect it to close the price of Ford Ecosport and Mahindra XUV 300.