In global markets, the 2017 Volkswagen Polo will be offered with multiple petrol and diesel engine options.
Volkswagen claim that the new 2017 Polo will pack a new dashboard, new trim bits and better quality of material.
The new Volkswagen Polo 2017 has been unveiled officially in Berlin today. Set to witness a generation change, the hatchback will take a leap into the sixth generation. The hatchback will first be launched in the Europe, followed by other markets. Unlike the current version, that rides on the PQ25 underpinnings, the new Polo uses the lightweight modular MQB platform. With prominent changes to the contours, the car has grown. That said the car is now longer, wider and sits on a longer wheelbase, translating into a spacious cabin. With 4,053mm length, the sixth-generation model is the largest Polo ever. Additionally, it witnesses drop in kerb weight over the previous model.
On the design front, it will continue sporting VW’s evolutionary styling with sharp body creases, larger stance, chiselled sides and modish cues. It seems to have borrowed some cues from Golf hatchback and is likely to share some of the components from its larger sibling.The Sporty R Line is likely to feature gloss black elements on the bumper, roof, tires, side and roof spoiler. On the other hand, the range topping GTI variant gets larger wheels & tires with honeycomb grille patterns and red elements on the face. The insides get comprehensive styling changes featuring a high placed touchscreen, virtual cockpit digital instrument display from Audi TT, configurable contrast colour strips and 13 different dashpad designs. In addition, it will equip autonomous emergency braking, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a host of other smartphone apps. Check Out – New VW Polo – Picture Gallery
The new Polo (international model) will get a choice of petrol and diesel engines. Interestingly, these will offer power in two or more tunes. The petrol line-up in the range will get a 1.0-litre, MPI unit will offer 65bhp to 115bhp of power, whereas the 1.0-litre TSI mill will produce 95bhp or 115bhp. The 1.5-litre TSI will dish out 150bhp of power. Reports in media suggest that there could be a 1.4-litre TSI unit on the carline. Diesel powered Polo will get the 1.6-litre unit with power ranging between 80 to 95bhp. Its range topping Polo GTI on the other hand is likely to come with a 197bhp, 2.0-litre engine. The GTI will get the standard chassis, optional ‘Sport Select’ set up, 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels and clark tartan seats.
The new Polo made its global debut amid media glare in Berlin on June 16, 2017. Millions of people witnessed the unveiling across the world through the live streaming. The 2017 VW Polo will first be released in the European market by the end of 2017. As for the Indian launch, the company is yet to make an official announcement, though the car is expected to be launched here sometime next year. Just so you know, VW’s manufacturing unit in Navarra, Spain will be the production hub for the new Polo. Read – Volkswagen Tiguan SUV – All You Need To Know
|Base Model||Rs 6 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 11 lakh|
Based on the new MQB platform, the new Polo will receive design and styling updates. While the international model will get more efficient engines, it is yet not clear if the Indian version will also use the same units. With the new MQB underpinnings, the price of the India-spec Polo is likely to go upwards, it is however suggested that the Indian version will carry the same PQ25 platform from the current model. This with locally produced components will aide curbing price. Keeping the above pointers in mind, the new Polo price in India is likely to start form Rs 6 lakh and go up to Rs 11 lakh for the top-spec version. Read: New VW Polo GTI – All You Need To Know
|Engine Options||Maximum Power|
|1.0-litre, 3-cylinder Petrol (naturally aspirated)||75bhp (approx.)|
|1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo Petrol||100bhp and 115bhp|
|1.5-litre Petrol||140bhp and 160bhp|
|1.5-litre Diesel||90bhp, 110bhp and 130bhp|
Note: Though, there is no clarity yet about the engine options that will come to India.
Under the hood, the international model is likely to get a 1.0-litre MPI unit with two power outputs, 65bhp and 115bhp, whereas the 1.0-litre TSI unit will produce 95bhp and 115bhp. In addition, there will be a larger 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine sourced from Golf. This unit is expected to make 150bhp. Reports in media suggest that it could also get a 1.4-litre TSI unit with two outputs. The oil burner on the other hand will be a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder unit with varied power outputs of 80 and 95bhp.
However, the sportier Polo GTI version is likely to come with a 197bhp, 2.0-litre TSI engine borrowed from the fifth-gen Golf GTI. Transmission options on the carline will include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and an optional 7-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox. BlueMotion trims on the other hand will use a 5-speed manual unit and could return better fuel economy with reduced carbon footprint. It is to be noted that there is yet no clarity on the India-spec Polo. Read – Volkswagen Arteon Makes Global Debut
Since there is yet no clarity on the engine choices of the new Polo carline, it would be a tad too early to comment on the fuel economy. However, it is believed that the new Polo will be more fuel efficient than its predecessor. The hatchback is estimated to deliver around 18kmpl within city and slightly more at 20kmpl on highways. Read: Volkswagen Ameo – All Details in 9 Quick Points
Electronic Stability Program
Adaptive damper control
City emergency braking system
Adaptive cruise control with brake intervention
The new Polo will be larger than the outgoing model, measuring 4,053mm long, 1,751mm wide and 1,446mm high. It sits on the long 2,564mm wheelbase, implying more space for the passengers seated inside.
The new Polo will receive design and styling updates, giving it a fresh look on the outside. While the international model will underpin the new MQB platform, it will also sport VW’s new design language that is currently used in other models including Passat, upcoming Tiguan and VW Golf hatchback. Elements such as the converging headlamps and split front bumper are reminiscent of the Passat series.
The face will also come with a new bumper, redesigned grille, fog lamps and slimmer headlamps with integrated angle running lights. Rear end on the other hand will witness subtle changes. It is expected to come with reworked bumper and new tail-lamps. Additionally, the car will feature flatter roof and angled windshield. Media reports suggest that the three-door Polo will be phased off and the new Polo will be available only in the five-door body style.
On the inside, the new Polo will receive advanced connectivity tech such as the 9.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Smartphone connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The in-built internet connectivity access and the 9.5-inch infotainment system will be reserved for the top-of-the-line variant. For a plusher look, VW will use better quality of material and new trims.
It is expected that the India-bound 2017 VW Polo will have the same wheelbase as that of Vento, indicating at a more spacious cabin. The all-new interior will pack Audi’s virtual cockpit digital instrument display,configurable contrast colour strips and 13 different dashpad designs.
The sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo will feature a sportier design, a more up-market cabin and an efficient engine lineup. With all these merits, the car might see a price hike.