Volkswagen Readies Refreshed CrossGolf for Geneva Debut

It seems the Polo isn’t the only Volkswagen hatchback to be transformed into a pseudo-crossover. Volkswagen revealed it is bringing a revised form of its CrossGolf to next week’s Geneva motor show.

Volkswagen says the CrossGolf allows the company to “bridge the gap between the MPV and SUV,” but as was the case with the first-generation model that debuted in 2006, it’s little more than a really big hatchback with extra ground clearance. The CrossGolf is again based upon the Golf Plus, which is slightly longer and taller than the standard Golf hatchback.

As is the case with the CrossPolo, the CrossGolf is differentiated from its hatchback cousins by “rugged styling features,” which translates to grey lower-body cladding, new 17-inch wheels, and faux front and rear skidplates. A roofrack and LED taillamps are also standard.

Engine choices include a turbocharged and supercharged 1.4-liter gasoline four-cylinder, along with 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter turbo-diesel I-4 engines. A six-speed manual is standard, but a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available. Despite the SUV looks, power is sent only to the front wheels.

VW plans on pushing the CrossGolf into European showrooms by April, but like its Golf Plus relative, don’t look for it to arrive stateside anytime soon.