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World Premier of Volkswagen Crossgolf - Web Exclusive

Feb 25, 2010

With sales of the new Mk6 Golf model series underway, VW has announced the new edition of the CrossGolf at the Geneva Auto Show.

With new styling, new TDI and TSI engines and new equipment, the new CrossGolf was based on the Golf Plus as an all-around vehicle that bridges the gap between MPV and SUV.

In initial markets, the new CrossGolf (which isn’t currently scheduled for US release) will be available for purchase in April. Among the engines are the Golf Cross 1.4 TSI with 160hp and 177 lb-ft of torque from the turbo- and supercharged gasoline engine (Twincharger). It enables a top speed of 128mph, but when shifted by a 6-speed gearbox it has a combined fuel consumption of just 34.6mpg US.

As an alternative, the TSI is available with an optional 7-speed DSG. Other available TSI engines are the variants with 105 and 122hp.

As would be expected, the new common-rail TDIs of the CrossGolf are extremely fuel-efficient. They have power outputs of 105hp (1.6 liter) and 140hp (2.0 liter) and are paired with a standard diesel particulate filter. The 140hp TDI, shifted by a 6-speed gearbox, consumes just 44mpg US. The torque of this engine already reaches the impressive maximum value of 236 lb-ft from 1750rpm.

With the exception of the 105hp TSI, all other engines may be combined with an automatic, the direct shift gearbox (DSG). For the gasoline engines and the 105hp TDI, the 7-speed version is used; in the case of the 140hp TDI, there is a 6-speed variant designed for high torque. In addition, the entire engine range of the CrossGolf fulfils the strict Euro-5 emissions standard.

In its appearance, the second generation CrossGolf follows the new Volkswagen Design DNA. This is reflected in the horizontally aligned band of the radiator grille that is reflected in the horizontal form of the front bumper.

Compared to the first generation CrossGolf, the rugged all-terrain trim around the vehicle was styled more elegantly. Similar to the new Cross Polo, the look has been intensively modified - especially in the front area. Integrated on the sides the standard front foglights. In a downward direction, the front end finishes with a cross bar in silver that is visually designed as an underbody guard. On its sides, the new CrossGolf exhibits the typical wheel arch extensions together with body sill trim and door add-ons.

Like the front bumper, its rear counterpart is also covered and is equipped with a stylized underbody guard in silver. Its dark painted add-on parts, the CrossGolf whose ride height has been increased by 20mm (standard rough road chassis with 111mm ground clearance) can handle lighter off-road trips smoothly; at the same time, the trim also protects the car in urban driving.

The exterior styling is rounded out by chrome accents and "CrossGolf" signature on the side trim as well as new 17" wheels ("Budapest").

The new CrossGolf comes with sport seats (front) including two-tone fabric covers and top stitched seams as standard. The inner surfaces of the seats and backrests are upholstered in light-grey "Cellular" seat covers with colored seams. The lateral seat supports and back sections of the seat are offset in "Titan Black". The backrests of the front seats are equipped with folding trays and storage pockets on the outer sides.

A standard feature is the "small leather package" with three-spoke steering wheel, gearshift lever trim and grip in leather.

Similar to the Golf Plus, the interior of the new CrossGolf is distinguished by its versatility and high seat position. Furthermore, the CrossGolf offers plenty of legroom.

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