Volkswagen Polo & Crosspolo
Early next year, there will be a couple of additions to the Polo line-up. As far as hot hatches go in India, the Polo 1.6 has been something of a torchbearer. Now, a new variant carrying a 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine will slot in below that. The 1.2-litre engine will possibly make 89 bhp of peak power and 16.3 kg of peak torque, compared to the 103 bhp peak power and 15.6 kg torque figures of the now discontinued Polo 1.6. Expect the Polo 1.2 TSI to be announced very early on in 2013 with a price tag that keeps it in the Polo family's midst.
Volkswagen also plans to bring a small crossover into the mix. The CrossPolo is essentially a hatchback on stilts. They take one regular Polo, increase the ride height by a good 15 mm or so, add body-side cladding in matte plastic to give it that rugged look, plus functional roof rails on top and mount the spare wheel on the bootlid to make it look like a mini-SUV. It may also come with a new 1.5-litre diesel engine that will take advantage of the excise duty benefits. Expect the CrossPolo to make an appearance mid-2013. Pricing is still not known, but we expect it won't stray too far from the Polo's price range.
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