Agricultural Efficiency: Volkswagen’s New Car Designed for Farmers

VW Polo Robust: The Hatchback with a High Roading Attitude and Added Towing Capability

Next year marks the 50-year anniversary of the Volkswagen Polo. Since its initial introduction in 1975, it has been available in various forms such as a hatchback, sedan, wagon, and even a crossover (do you recall the Polo Cross?). This year, the Brazilian branch of the company is exploring the concept of a sturdier Polo model with an elevated suspension.

Dubbed the Polo Robust, this latest version of the supermini has been carefully crafted for the needs of farmers. According to VW Brazil, the new crossover-inspired variant has been meticulously “designed and put to the test with the agricultural market” in consideration. In order to handle tougher terrain, the elevated hatchback boasts improved ground clearance, drawing comparisons to the Dacia Sandero Stepway.

The Polo Robust has more to offer than just its raised suspension, as VW Brazil has also equipped it with vinyl seats. This type of upholstery is ideal for those who may have a long day of labor on the farm, as it is easy to clean. Additionally, the vehicle comes with rubber floor mats and a trailer hitch. However, due to the naturally aspirated 1.0-liter gasoline engine, the workhorse may not be suitable for towing heavy loads. With only 84 horsepower and 75 pound-feet (101 Newton-meters) of torque, the engine’s power is transferred to the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox.

The elevated hatchback is a viable option for those in the market for a car, especially with the limited selection of pickup trucks in the area, which currently consists of just two models: the new Saveiro and the larger Amarok. The latter is only on its initial version in Brazil and Volkswagen has chosen to keep selling the original model, which they themselves designed. Recently introduced, the second iteration of this hatchback is constructed using the Ranger platform and is even manufactured by Ford.

Source: Volkswagen

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