We have seen more Volkswagens than any other marque since stepping on Swiss soil yesterday (Audis also outnumber their premium rivals in the eye census) and Europe’s largest carmaker dominance of its home region won’t be ending anytime soon judging from its 2010 product blitz that continues in Geneva. Moments ago, Wolfsburg slid the cloth off few new models, namely the Sharan MPV, Touareg Hybrid, Polo GTI, Cross Polo and the Cross Golf. It was the first look of these cars in the metal after online reveals.
As a recap, the Polo GTI is powered by a 1.4-litre TSI engine with both turbo and supercharger, producing 178 bhp and 250 Nm of torque from 2000 rpm. Naturally, the Euro 5 engine is mated to a 7-speed DSG and power is channeled via VW’s XDS electronic differential lock. Compared to its predecessor, the 1194 kg new Polo is 25% more frugal with combined consumption of 16.9 km/l. VW calls this “textbook downsizing”. We agree.
Alongside the chilli red GTI is the CrossPolo with a “rugged, all-terrain look”. This pseudo-SUV variant of the Polo supermini sits 15mm higher than the standard car, as opposed to the GTI, which sits 15mm lower than the regular Polo. Besides the SUV-style body cladding and roof rails, the CrossPolo comes with really stylish 17-inch wheels and a wider range of interior trim colours. The first units will reach German customers in May; this model is bound to be popular if brought into Malaysia.
The second “Cross” model launched is the CrossGolf. Based on the Golf Plus, the CrossGolf aims to “bridge the gap between the SUV and MPV”. However, other than a raised driving position, we see very little of MPV or SUV qualities here – there’s no seating beyond five and no 4Motion AWD. However, like its smaller sibling, the CrossGolf gets SUV looks, 17-inch “Budapest” wheels, efficient TSI/TDI engines and DSG as an option. It’s raised by 20mm over the standard car.
The new Touareg SUV comes with VW’s first ever hybrid system. Consisting of a 3.3-litre V6 engine and an electric motor imaginatively called e-motor, the hybrid SUV can produce up to 375 bhp and 580 Nm while consuming only 12.2 km/l in the combined cycle. This Touareg can be solely propelled by electric at speeds of up to 50 km/h. Click here for more info and images.
Of the lot, the most recent online reveal was of the Sharan MPV, which we have detailed comprehensively in a recent post. Click here for information and the full gallery.
A live gallery of Volkswagen’s Geneva exhibits await you after the jump!
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