12 January 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Does VW’s New Compact Coupé hint at the forthcoming Polo saloon?

Volkswagen is having a busy time of it at the moment. The company pulled the covers off the Indian version of the new Polo last week at the Auto Expo in New Delhi, and yesterday unveiled the New Compact Coupé (NCC) concept car at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Two debuts at two motor shows in two regions of the world a week apart is no mean feat.

Premiering both the upcoming Jetta (or ‘Mid-Size Sedan’ being developed especially for the US market) and a hybrid powertrain, the NCC is powered by a 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI engine coupled with a 25bhp electric motor using lithium-ion batteries. The German automotive giant states that 48mpg is achievable, along with 98g/km of CO2, a top speed of 141mph and 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds!

Of more interest to us, though, is the styling. There’s no denying the NCC is a handsome piece of kit, but take a second look at the frontal aspect. There’s more than a hint of Polo to the forward-facing styling elements of the NCC and although the looks will no doubt be referred to as VW’s ‘new corporate face’ (which is partly true), there’s definitely more Polo-inspired DNA in there than either Golf or Scirocco.

A new notchback version of the fifth-generation Polo has been widely reported as on its way, but the question that begs to be asked is, does the NCC at least give a subtle hint to how the still-to-be-unveiled saloon will look? We know the smaller car will be a traditional four-door and not the more rakish two-door of this concept, and that the NCC is slated to be positioned between the Scirocco and Passat CC (Golf Coupé then) if it ever makes it to market. But, if the new Polo saloon looks this good, it should banish the memories of the awkward Series 3 notchback of 1996 forever.

With 2009’s Up! Lite concept (above) unwrapped at the Los Angeles Motor Show pointing the way for possible future Polo styling references, Volkswagen seems to be pushing its new-found small car styling confidence and visuals onto many new and forthcoming models. Exciting times. What do you think of the NCC: does it premier the likely new look of the Polo saloon, and, if so, would you buy one? Join the discussion and leave a comment below.

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