All-new 2018 VW Polo Unveiled!

The sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo was unveiled by the company at its Wolfsburg headquarter in Germany. This latest hatchback has been redeveloped from the ground up and the result is a much larger and sophisticated car. The 2018 VW Polo will be displayed in all its glory at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Several undisguised images of the test vehicle were leaked previously, therefore the looks were not a surprise for us.

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Platform of the new Polo

This German is based on the latest MQB A0 platform that contributes toward making the car more roomier. Dimension-wise, the new Polo is 4,053mm in length, 1,7511mm in width and 1,446mm in height. This means that it’s 81mm longer, 63mm wider and 7mm lower than its predecessor. The wheelbase too is now increased by 94mm, taking it to 2,564mm.

This German is based on the latest MQB A0 platform that contributes toward making the car more roomier. Dimension-wise, the new Polo is 4,053mm in length, 1,7511mm in width and 1,446mm in height. This means that it’s 81mm longer, 63mm wider and 7mm lower than its predecessor. The wheelbase too is now increased by 94mm, taking it to 2,564mm.

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Engines and Gearboxes

VW has confirmed the engines that will be offered with the latest Polo. There are 9 engine configurations of Four petrol and 1 Diesel engine. All of them will come with engine start/stop feature and braking energy recuperation.

Coming to the petrol engines, there is a naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre engine in two different tune- 65hp and 75hp. Above it sits a turbocharged 1.0-litre engine, again in 2 different tunes- 95hp and 115hp. Moving up, we have 1.5-litre four-pot TSI engine making 150hp. Then there is a range topping 2.0-litre turbocharged motor for the Polo GTI pumping 200hp. The company will also offer a natural-gas-propelled 1.0 TGI Polo that will use the adapted version of the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine. This engine will produce 90hp.If one want a like a bit crude fuel, VW is offering a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel unit in two

If one want a like the crude fuel, VW is offering a 1.6-litre turbodiesel unit in two states of tune- 81hp and 96hp. The Gearbox options include a five or six-speed manual and a 7-Speed DSG unit for the performance variants.

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Design

From the exterior, the car looks unmistakably a Volkswagen. In spite of following the VW design language, the car looks nothing like the outgoing model. The designers have introduced unique design elements to the car like the distinctive swage line graphic above the door handle. One can tell that its a larger car even without reading the spec sheet. Unlike the currently Polo, the new Polo will only be available with 5 doors. Presently the Polo GTI can be had in a 3 door of 5 door configuration. The new Polo houses trick LED lights with DRLs (Daytime running lights).

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Interiors

The cramped rear seat was one of the deal breakers for the current polo. Not now! VW has considerably improved cabin space in this one. There has been 15 mm increase in the front headroom and 30mm increase at the rear. The luggage space is now 351 litres, 71 litres more than its predecessor.

Step inside the car and you will notice that it’s nothing like the current Polo. Traditionally, VW’s interiors are very well built but the design is very clean and simple. Now, there is a lot going inside the cabin. The big infotainment unit takes up a lot of space at the centre of the dashboard. The customers can now opt for Volkswagen’s Active Info Display digital instruments along with a wide number of connectivity functions, including a wireless smartphone charging pad and keyless access. Although the standard instrumentation remains analogue like before.

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Will it come to India?

This sixth-generation Polo will be launched in some international markets by the end of this year. That said, we are not sure if this model will make its way to India anytime soon. Interestingly, VW signed a MoU with Tata Motors to use their AMP Platform for developing VW models. Therefore, it’s possible that the Indian polo update could be completely different.

See the recently launched in India VW Tiguan SUV

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Siddharth Sharma

Siddharth has always been passionate about Cars and Bikes. He was the kind of kid that always had the latest Auto magazine in his school bag. He had this dream- to become a professional racecar driver. Finally, in 2012 he found himself racing as a rookie driver in the Polo R Cup national racing championship. Over time he had to readjust the sail and get into automotive journalism to continue enjoying machines on wheels.

Siddharth Sharma

Siddharth has always been passionate about Cars and Bikes. He was the kind of kid that always had the latest Auto magazine in his school bag. He had this dream- to become a professional racecar driver. Finally, in 2012 he found himself racing as a rookie driver in the Polo R Cup national racing championship. Over time he had to readjust the sail and get into automotive journalism to continue enjoying machines on wheels.

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