With the recent announcement of the Golf GTD making its way to the U.S. in 2015 for the first time. Several sources are reporting that Volkswagen has decided to extended its line to America including the subcompact Polo! This small crossover is still at least three years from sale. But use of the MQB architecture means it can have all-wheel drive as well as hybrid applications with front-wheel drive or electric all-wheel drive, depending on market demands. The related Polo will also be offered with full-electric drive (an e-Golf is going on sale in Europe before the end of 2013), but a full-electric crossover, although technically easily feasible in VW’s modular system, is highly unlikely.
MotorTrend reports that currently, Volkswagen’s least expensive offering in the U.S. is the 2013 Jetta, powered by a 115-hp 2.0-liter I-4 mated to a five-speed manual. Including destination, the car carries a $16,720 MSRP, leaving plenty of room for a subcompact Volkswagen to help meet increasingly strict fuel economy regulations.
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