It was reported that Volkswagen won’t launch the next generation Polo hatchback in the Indian market. The 6th generation of the VW Polo was unveiled in 2017 and is currently on sale in the international markets. A new media report claims that Volkswagen India is considering the new gen Polo for India with some changes.
Speaking to carandbike, Steffan Knapp, Director, Volkswagen India said, “It’s(Polo) a wonderful product and is based on the MQB platform which you know we are going to launch the MQB A0 IN platform in India pretty soon. The Polo is a car for India and it’s bound to be a car for India.”
The Volkswagen Polo has completed 10 years in India and has been the brand’s best-selling model. The company has sold 2.5 lakh units of the Polo in the country in the past 10 years. The total Polo sales comprises of different variants including the Polo GT TSI, TDI models, CrossPolo and the Polo GTI. Also See – 2019 VW Polo and Vento facelifts spied
The sixth generation VW Polo is based on the MQB modular platform, which also underpins the global T-Cross SUV, It measures above 4 meter in length (4,053 meters) and offers a boot space of 351-litres. The new-gen Volkswagen Polo for the Indian market will be reengineered. It will sit below 4 meter in length to avail the tax benefits on cars below 4 meters.
“Obviously there are some peculiar varieties in the country, so you have the sub-4 metre category and our vehicle (Polo) all over the world is above 4 or 5 metre. So we have to do some engineering changes but rest assured, we are looking at multiple options on that platform and one is definitely the Polo.” Knap added.
The India-spec VW Polo will be based on the heavily localised MQB AO IN platform, which will also underpin the new T-Cross SUV, new Vento sedan, new Skoda compact SUV and the new Rapid. The new Polo will receive all-new interior with high-end comfort and convenience features. It could also receive the Volkswagen’s Virtual cockpit instrument console. The vehicle could receive the BSVI compliant 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces around 110bhp of power.