German automotive giant Volkswagen has revealed the all-new sixth-generation Polo hatchback in Berlin.
The new Volkswagen Polo is larger and more technologically sophisticated compared to the current car and will make its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Polo is available with four petrol engines and one diesel engine. The lone diesel engine is a 1.6-litre turbocharged unit available in two states of tune: 80 and 95bhp.
The base petrol engine is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine that produces either 64 or 74bhp depending on the state of tune. A more sophisticated turbocharged 1.0-litre engine is also available with either 95bhp or 114bhp. The third engine in the mix is a new 1.5-litre turbocharged engine that produces 148bhp and features cylinder deactivation save fuel. Gearbox options include five and 6-speed manuals and a 7-speed DSG automatic depending on the engine.
The most powerful variant of the new Volkswagen Polo range is the GTI. The new Polo GTI is powered by a new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that is mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox and produces 196bhp, an increase of 8bhp over the previous car.
The new Polo is based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB A0 platform for small cars. The 2017 Polo is 4,053mm long, 1,7511mm wide and 1,446mm tall which makes it 81mm longer, 63mm wider and 7mm lower than its predecessor. The wheelbase at 2,564mm is now 94mm longer than previous Polo.
Regarding design, the front end looks more muscular and the headlights now feature the C-shaped DRLs as standard across the range. R-Line variants sport chunky air intakes, a rear diffuser and a spoiler mounted on the roof. The Polo GTI sports unique bumpers, a honeycomb grille, red highlights within the headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels LED tail lamps along with a rear spoiler atop the tailgate.
Inside, the Polo is larger as well thanks to the expanded wheelbase length. Also new is the thoroughly revamped interior which includes a new steering wheel. The upper section of the dashboard is dominated by a touchscreen infotainment system that varies from 6.5 to 8 inches in size depending on the variant. Also new is the Volkswagen Active Info Display. The dashboard features 13 colour choices for the dash and eleven upholstery options with higher-spec models getting a different trim.
Production of the new Polo is expected to start at the end of the year with deliveries set to start in early 2018.
The new Volkswagen Polo is larger and even techier than before. However, with the MoU recently signed with Tata Motors to use the latter's AMP platform, it is still not clear whether the new larger MQB A0 Polo will make its way into India as VW could use Tata's platform to make a Polo for India.