There is no doubt that the Polo is a popular name throughout the world when it comes to compact or supermini cars since the year 1975 until now VW was able to sell 14 million worldwide which itself speaks about its popularity.
Today, Volkswagen unveiled the new generation Polo in Berlin. The German Auto giant recently shared two teaser images of the new hatchback online which gives us a glimpse of its exterior styling and now that the car is out infront of the public we must tell you that the new generation Car takes the game to a whole new level. Such tremendous amount of technology and details were not expected from VW.
The reports online also stated that the new Polo is bigger than its predecessor and features a new evolutionary design but like you all knew Volkswagen will never interfere with the Polo’s overall DNA and thus kept the hatchbacks distinct identity intact. The hatchback is all set to enter production this month only; this is the sixth generation Polo which underpins Volkswagens new MQB AO platform. You can also expect the hatchback also to get new petrol and diesel engines under its hood. The lightweight platform will automatically translate into much more responsive handling.
Update 16.06.2017:- Volkswagen has taken the covers off the new generation Polo hatchback at VW Wolfsburg headquarters in Germany today. ER have updated the overview accordingly.
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While the old car underpinned VW PQ25 platform, the new car is based on an entirely new MQB AO platform. If we talk about dimensions then the sixth generation Polo is also the biggest Polo ever, it is 94 mm longer than the old car and almost 16 mm wider than the mk4 Golf. The rear boot of the car now also offers 25 percent more space.
Although the car is easily recognisable as the Polo the VW designers have made a number of changes to the exterior. Like we already did mention yesterday that the hatchback gets a new front grille has a single shiny slat which runs directly into the LED DRL lamps integrated into the headlight unit. Talking about the headlamp unit, in particular, the new unit looks much sharper but slightly wider than its predecessor.
The new Polo is offered in six different trim lines which included the famous Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trims. There is a special Beats edition on offer which gets an upgraded sound system and an R-line trim which sports re-profiled bumpers. The top of the line Gold GTI trim gets a differently styled bumpers, red inserts inside the headlamps and 17-inch alloy wheels and also a rear spoiler just positioned above the tailgate. Towards the rear, the same trim features a LED taillamps and dual chromed tailpipes.
Quite honestly we never expected such a modern looking interior from Volkswagen in Polo. From what it looks like VW has targeted the new generation mainly for the Youth. The first and the foremost thing which will catch everyone’s attention newly designed dashboard. The hatchback even also gets a new steering wheel as well. Like we already did mention that VW will continue with the analogue instrument cluster as standard. However, it now also comes with Volkswagen’s Active Info Display digital instruments at the centre. There is a new touchscreen infotainment system in the middle which gets plenty of connectivity features. VW also offers a number of optional features like wireless smartphone charging pad and keyless access.
Like we already mentioned yesterday that the new Polo is bigger than its predecessor and thus it also offers more interior room for the rear passengers and almost 25 percent more boot space at the back.
The new generation Polo hatchback will get both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variant will likely get the 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder unit which will produce around 95-100 ps of peak power; then there is the 1.5-litre TSI Evo four-cylinder unit which is capable of producing around 150 ps of peak power. The diesel variant, on the other hand, will get the 1.6 Litre TDI four cylinder unit which is expected to produce around 85 Ps of peak power while this particular unit will also be available in different states of tune as well providing more power. There will be s smaller 1.0 Litre MPI three-cylinder unit as well which will be set for developing market to keep the pricing down.
Reports are that Volkswagen will also introduce a powerful GTI variant as well which will get the 2.0 Litre TSI Turbocharged petrol unit as well which is expected to produce around 200 Ps of peak power.
There is still time before VW launches the new generation Polo when they do expect hatch to continue with the same 1.2-litre TSI petrol and 1.5-litre TDI diesel available in the different state of tune though.
ESTIMATED INDIA SPECIFICATION
|Engine Type/ Displacement||1.2 L Petrol||1.5 L Diesel|
|Power||75 PS||110 PS|
|Torque||120 Nm||250 Nm|
|Transmission (Gearbox)||5-speed Manual||5-speed Manual/7-speed DSG|
All the above power and torque are estimate figures
PRICING AND LAUNCH DATE
Like we already did mention above the new generation Polo will make its official debut tomorrow in Berlin and we will update you with the pricing and other details as soon as they are available.
If we Keep our Indian market in mind the new Polo will compete with the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20.
The Baleno is definitely the worthy rival of the Polo. The Baleno is the new generation vehicles from Maruti which has set new standards. The hatchback is based on a new lightweight and rigid platform. It also gets all the safety features as standard while the interior too is well equipped with all the modern amenities as well. Under the hood, the hatchback is offered with a 1.2 Litre petrol and a 1.3 Litre diesel unit.
Hyundai has launched the Elite i20 not so long ago, and it is quite famous amongst the Indian crowd because of its awesome styling, the number of drivetrain option and features. The Elite i20 is available with 1.2 Litre petrol and 1.4 Litre diesel motor. There is also a slightly more powerful 1.4 Litre petrol unit also on offer as well. All the above drivetrains are paired with either a 5-speed, 6-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The International spec Polo’s production will begin production at the Volkswagen factory in Spain. The hatchback will continue to be produced at the Volkswagen India’s Chakan based facility. Expect the Polo hatchback to bring fresh new design and plenty of innovative features inside the cabin as well.
We will update you with more details once the covers are taken off tomorrow.