When you think off road, you probably don’t think about Volkswagen. For U.S. consumers, the image of the off-road vehicle probably means a Jeep of some variety. In Europe, this might instead mean a Land Rover, said to be some of the most capable off-road vehicles. However, car manufactures have started to get back to the idea of off-road vehicles lately in their concepts, like the new MINI Crossover we reported on last month or the MINI Beachcomber. It could be a German thing, but VW is getting in the game with a new debut in Geneva—Volkswagen CrossPolo.
Okay, so we are stretching the truth just a little. The CrossPolo, set to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show, isn’t really ready to tackle what most people would consider off-road. It might be better suited for navigating potholes and climbing sleeping policemen in the urban jungle. The changes come in the form of an appearance package that includes Anthracite-shaded plastic trim with real-looking (read non-functional) skid-plates front and rear, 17-inch wheels and fender-flares. The other changes are mostly in the interior, with CrossPolo exclusive two-tone interior available in four color variants and embroidered insignias (designed especially for the CrossPolo) on the seat backs.
The VW CrossPolo is aimed to go on sale in Europe in May with Japan to follow later in the year. There hasn’t been any mention of the CrossPolo coming stateside, but since appearance packages tend to do well here with the 20-30 crowds, we think it might make the cut. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the Geneva Motor Show in March.
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