Announced back in February, the latest incarnation of the CrossPolo (Dune in the UK) has gone on sale in South Africa, one of the first markets to get the new car. That might have something to do with the local nature of the model; Volkswagen South Africa is the sole arm of the German company to manufacture and export the car for right and left-hand drive markets, with output coming from VW’s Uitenhage factory.
Like its predecessors, the 2010 CrossPolo gets a fashionable range of colours (Magma Orange making a welcome return and joining Terra Beige Metallic), 15mm of extra ride height, and unique body styling with 17” ‘Budapest’ alloy wheels. Prices start at R198,500 for the 1.6 Comfortline with 104bhp, while the TDI model with the same output and trim costs R224,500. Click here for more detailed specifications. The full, official Volkswagen South Africa press release follows along with more images.
The new CrossPolo launched in South Africa
New CrossPolo rocks in the Compact Class
– New generation CrossPolo shows unique styling and range of colours
– VWSA sole manufacturer and exporter of the new CrossPolo
The next generation of the CrossPolo is ready for new adventures. After the successful launch of the new Polo early in 2010, the new CrossPolo becomes the second model of the Polo series to be introduced locally. With its refreshingly cheeky design, unique choice of colours and features and a higher ride height (15 millimetre gain), the CrossPolo is a very appealing offering in its class. This all-rounder is powered by extremely fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines with a power output of 77 kW. Both engines can be ordered with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Exterior: tough qualities and lifestyle character
The rugged-sporty character of the CrossPolo is reflected in many of its details. Especially striking is the individually styled front apron – in anthracite colour − with integrated front fog lights and large air inlet at the centre. It gets a black honeycomb insert bordered by fine chrome trim. Towards its lower edge, the bumper finishes with a section in light silver with the visual appearance of underbody protection. Taken from classic Polo styling are the upper radiator grille with its chrome inlay and the Volkswagen logo integrated here; the same applies to the dual headlights.
The side profile of the new CrossPolo also shows very tough qualities. Here sporty black wheelarch extensions and coordinated body sills set the styling. The latter continue visually into the lower door area. In off-road driving and in the jungle of metropolitan parking spaces, these rugged plastic guards protect the car from damage. Fitting the character of the CrossPolo are the 17-inch alloy wheels (‘Budapest’ style) in 5-spoke design with size 215/40 tyres.
Another unmistakable characteristic of the CrossPolo are the silver anodized roof rails. They are a traditional feature on this model, and are certainly not just decorative. They can be used to mount roof boxes and carrier systems with a weight of up to 75 kilograms. Also colour coordinated with the roof rails are the door mirrors that are painted in silver. At the rear, the CrossPolo continues the rugged all-terrain look in the bumper, whose lower section is also designed in a black, rugged plastic. At its centre, a separate section painted in silver catches the eye that is styled to look like a diffuser.
Five exterior colours accentuate the powerful style of the CrossPolo. These include new colours that are exclusively offered in the new CrossPolo namely, Magma Orange and Terra Beige Metallic. Across the board, the upper areas of the bumpers and handles (door, tailgate) are painted in body colour, while the cover trim of the B and C pillars and the window frames are treated in a high-gloss black.
Interior: exciting and versatile
The high-end interior of the CrossPolo is a fitting match for the all-terrain look of the exterior. Here it is primarily the two-tone fabrics of the sport seats, the rear bench and the door trim that create a friendly and youthful ambiance. Up to four different colour trims are available, depending on the exterior colour. While the outer areas of the seats are always in anthracite, customers can choose from the colours such as Hot Orange, Orange, Latte Macchiato and Grey for the inner seat panels and middle sections of the door trim panels. On seat contact surfaces for the back and legs the fabrics (‘Dimension’ pattern) all have a black webbed structure, making them more durable. The ‘CrossPolo’ signature is embroidered into the backrests of the front seats.
Throughout the cockpit materials are friendly to the touch. Take the steering wheel as an example; it has a fine perforated leather cover with spokes that are produced from a brushed chrome application. The seams of the steering wheel cover and the leather-trimmed parking brake handle are given the colour of the interior trim. The CrossPolo’s high level of quality is highlighted by the instrument panel, finished in ‘Slush’ technology with its soft surface texture that is pleasant to the touch.
The new CrossPolo has an ample array of standard equipment. In the interior, specific standard features include height-adjustable sport seats, an asymmetrically split rear bench and backrest, pockets on the backs of the front seats leather-trimmed steering wheel, centre armrest in front (with storage compartment), pedal caps in aluminium look and chrome on various switches and components. The latter include the door handles, surrounds for the window lift switches and air vents. Also standard: electric adjustable and heated door mirrors, electric window lifts all around, illuminated make-up mirrors in the sun visors, multi-function display (MFA) and central locking with RF remote control.
Estate car qualities: cargo space increases up to 952 litres
The new CrossPolo also shows off its versatile talents when it comes to space and efficient space utilisation. As mentioned, the rear bench can be folded with a standard 60:40 split. When it is completely folded, the car’s cargo capacity increases from 280 to 952 litres. Four tie-down eyes simplify secure fastening of the cargo to be transported, while two hooks in the side trim panels keep bags from tipping over.
Engines: powerful and frugal
The new CrossPolo will be offered in 1.6 petrol and diesel engines with power outputs of 77 kW. The 1.6 four-cylinder, 16-valve engine petrol engine reaches its peak power at 5 250 rpm and its maximum torque of 155 Newton-meter is available at 3 500 rpm. It has frugal fuel consumption average of 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres and its CO2 value is 157 g/km.
The 1.6 common rail direct-injection turbodiesel (TDI) engine with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) has 250 Newton-meters of torque which is available between 1 500 to 2 500 rpm. Its average combined fuel consumption is 4.3 litres diesel per 100 kilometres and has CO2 value of 113 g/km. The CrossPolo TDI engine complies with the Euro-5 emissions standard.
Proudly South African CrossPolo for the global markets
The Volkswagen of South Africa manufacturing plant in Uitenhage is the sole producer of the new CrossPolo for right hand and left hand drive global markets. Approximately 12,000 CrossPolos will be produced at the Uitenhage plant in 2010.
The new CrossPolo can be further individualised by an extensive offering of options. These include optional features such as: Park Distance control, cruise control, ESP (standard on TDI), curtain airbags and a removable tow bar.
The new CrossPolo will be offered in five colours, namely Flash Red, Magna Orange, Reflex Silver, Terra Beige Metallic and Deep Black.
Prices (VAT included)
Petrol: 1.6 77kW CrossPolo Comfortline – R198,500
Diesel: 1.6 77kW CR TDI CrossPolo Comfortline – R224,500
Service and warranty
The new Volkswagen CrossPolo comes standard with a 3-year/120,000km and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. A 5-year/60,000km Volkswagen Automotion Maintenance Plan as well as a 5-year/60,000 km Service Plan are available as options. The price of a 5-year/60,000 km Service Plan will be from R6856 (VAT included) and a 5-year/60,000km Volkswagen Automotion Maintenance Plan will be priced from R9141 (VAT included). The CrossPolo service interval is 15,000 km.
[Source: Volkswagen South Africa]