Volkswagen has given official confirmation on the new Polo making its world premiere on 16 June at a special event in Berlin. The sixth-gen Polo has been teased in a series of videos, and the global launch will take place ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017. The German carmaker has confirmed that the production of the new Polo will start this month. A camouflaged prototype was officially showcased by the carmaker a few weeks ago.
The sixth-gen Polo will replace the ongoing model which has been around for almost 8 years now. The new Polo won’t have the previous PQ25 architecture and move to VW’s versatile MQB platform. Due to the new platform, the new Polo will have bigger dimensions, making it more spacious on the inside while reducing the weight and manufacturing price.
The design of the new Polo will be evolutionary, with signature Polo elements like the silhouette, tail lamps and the grille. It will also get LED DRLs upfront and new LED lighting signature for the tail lights. The most important changes will be on the interior part.
Firstly, the cabin will be lot more spacious compared to the outgoing car, thanks to the new platform. The wheelbase will be stretched by 90 mm therefore bringing in badly needed cabin space, especially for rear passengers. A new infotainment system and creature comfort filtered down from the bigger Gold will also be part of the new package. It is expected that the higher models would come with the large 9.5 inch touchscreen system borrowed from their sibling, while the base Polo will get smartphone connectivity as a standard.
As far as powertrain is concerned, the new Polo will get a number of three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines across the range. The entry-level, 1,0 liter naturally aspirated gasoline unit with 75bhp is likely to be available alongside two turbocharged versions of the same motor with around 100-115bhp. Other than these, the VW family’s 1.4-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel will also be available in different states of tune. The transmission options would possibly include a five-speed manual or a six-speed unit. The automatic variant will continue with the seven-speed dual-clutch DSG unit.
The new gen Polo is an important car for VW, especially in India. The new-generation Polo will be launched in India only in 2018.