Volkswagen, the German premium carmaker has revealed the new generation Polo hatchback in Berlin today. Scheduled to be launched in the European markets in the second half of 2017, the new Volkswagen Polo 2018 is longer, wider and feature loaded than the previous model. The production of the car will be commenced at the company's Navarra plant in Spain. Talking about India launch, the hatchback will go on sale towards the end of 2018.
The next generation Polo hatch is based on Volkswagen Group's new MQB A0 platform that will also underpin the T-Cross Breeze compact SUV and the Virtus mid-sized sedan. This platform will make the hatchback more expensive than the current model. If reports are to be believed, the India-spec model could use Tata Motors' AMP (Advanced Modular Platform) architecture that will also be used by Skoda to develop a compact sedan and hatchback. We expect the new Polo will be priced in the range of Rs 6.5 lakh to Rs 11 lakh.
The new Polo gets longer and wider, which translates into spacious cabin. It sits lower than the previous model, which gives it a sportier stance and improved aerodynamics. The global model is 81mm longer, 69mm wider and 97mm shorter than the previous model. In fact, the wheelbase has been increased to 2,564mm from 94mm. It measures 4,053mm in length, 1,851mm in width and 1,446mm in height. The hatchback comes with a boot space of 351-litres, which is around 71-litres more than the previous model.
Talking about global model, the hatchback's MQB platform will make the new Polo 70kgs lighter and stiffer than the current one. This lighter platform will help Volkswagen to achieve higher fuel efficiency and overall performance. As a reminder, the current car is based on the PQ25 platform that has also been used to develop Ameo sedan. While the global model sits above 4 meters in length, the India-spec model will continue to sit under 4 meter. With longer wheelbase, the hatchback will offer improved legroom and headroom space for rear occupants.
The new Volkswagen Polo 2018 gets new silhouette and contemporary styling, which makes it look edgier and sportier than before. This model has been designed on VW's new design language, which we have already seen on new Passat, Golf and the VW Tiguan. If media reports are to be believed, the India-spec model could share its wheelbase with Vento, making it more spacious for rear occupants. The hatchback looks more mature and has an evolutionary design, with most of its design inspiration comes from the Volkswagen Golf.
The Volkswagen Polo 2018 gets a flatter roof and angled windshield. The hatchback is equipped with an all-new front fascia with redesigned headlamps with sleeker LED signature light and a single-slat radiator grille. It also has aggressive bumper that has chrome trim, wider air dam and fog lamps with chrome surround.
The sleeker greenhouse area and tapered roofline gives it a sportier appeal. The rear end of the car features squarish tail-lamps, redesigned bumper and angular tailgate. Other design highlights include ORVMs with integrated blinkers, roof-mounted spoiler, multi-spoke alloy wheels, etc. There will be lot of chrome additions to offer sporty look. The company has announced to call off the Polo's three-door version, and it will only come with a five-door body style.
The global model also gets R-Line grade, which will be positioned as the most stylish version of the standard car. It comes with R-Line badge on the upper grille, blackened lip spoiler and gloass black lower bumper garnish. Other design elements include C-shaped fog lamps, gloss black roof, side and roof spoilers and large alloy wheels. The GTI variant will come as a flagship variant, which also gets gloss black lower bumper garnish. It also has newly designed honeycomb radiator grille with red line flowing into the headlamps, GTI badge above the front fenders, honeycomb lower grille, brake calipers in red shade, bigger wheels and gloss black roof spoiler.
The new Polo also has several advanced connectivity features including a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It comes equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system which will also serve as a display for reverse parking camera. The vehicle gets the same Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display first seen in the Adi TT. Adding to it, VW is also offering around 13 different colours for the dashboard design.
The Volkswagen Polo 2018 model will be powered by a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 103bhp and 175Nm of torque. The hatchback could also get a 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines tuned for two (140bhp and 160bhp) and three (90bhp, 110bhp and 130bhp) power outputs respectively. Transmission options are likely to include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic. The Polo GTI variant gets a 2.0-litre TDI turbocharged petrol engine that produces around 200PS of power.