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2018 Volkswagen Polo spotted testing ahead of global debut

2018 Volkswagen Polo spotted testing ahead of global debut
Bilal Firfiray Bilal Firfiray Monday 15 May 2017, 11:47 AM

The new generation Volkswagen Polo will hit the production line next month, according to the German carmaker. Volkswagen even released a preview for the next generation Polo hatchback, a few days ago. Ahead of all that, two test mules of the sixth generation Polo were spotted on the streets of Volkswagen’s headquarter in Wolfsburg.

The sixth generation Polo will employ the versatile MQB platform and move away from the previous PQ25 architecture. The new platform will help the car to become lighter, more spacious and probably cost lesser to build too. As can be seen in the new images, the Polo will grow in dimension.

The black mule seems to be a lower variant of the Polo, running a steel wheel with a hubcap, while the red mule is of a higher spec since its riding on alloys and has full-LED headlamps. The indicators can be seen doubling up as DRLs. The design of the new Polo seems evolutionary, with signature Polo elements like the grille, tail lamps and silhouette. The tail lights though, has a sticker of the current generation Polo, possibly with an LED signature underneath.

Major changes are expected to take place on the inside. Firstly, the cabin will be far more spacious compared to the outgoing car thanks to the new platform. The wheelbase will be stretched by 90mm thus bringing in much-needed cabin space, particularly for rear passengers. A new infotainment system and creature comforts filtered down from the bigger Golf will also be established inside. It is likely that the higher variants would come with the large 9.5-inch touchscreen system borrowed from their sibling, while the base Polo will get smartphone connectivity as standard. Volkswagen might even bring in a digital instrument cluster similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, or something similar to the new Arteon.

As far as powertrain is concerned, the new Polo will get an array of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines across the range. The entry-level, 1.0-litre, naturally aspirated gasoline unit with 75bhp is likely to be available alongside two turbocharged versions of the same motor with around 100-115bhp. Apart from 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 likely include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic unit. The automatic variant will continue with the seven-speed dual-clutch DSG unit.

With its global debut imminent by the end of this year, probably at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the all-new Polo should hit Indian shores by 2018.


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