– New-gen Volkswagen Polo is reported to launch in India in 2020.
– The hatchback’s global-spec model uses lightweight modular MQB platform.
– Globally, the new Polo will be offered in multiple petrol and diesel engines.
– Features and engine details of the India-spec Polo are yet to be revealed by the carmaker.
The 2018 Volkswagen Polo (global-spec) is based on the MQB platform that makes it lighter, more spacious and efficient than the fifth-gen model.
Volkswagen’s highly-popular hatchback – Polo will soon enter its sixth-generation in multiple global markets with comprehensive design and feature upgrades. First previewed in June, 2017 in Berlin, the hatchback’s new-gen model is already on sale in European market, and is reported to hit Indian shores in 2020. Unlike the current version, that uses the PQ25 underpinnings, the new Volkswagen Polo 2018 (global-spec) sits on the lightweight modular MQB platform. In India, however, the hatchback is likely to retain the existing PQ25 platform.
With prominent changes to the contours, the new Polo hatchback has grown in size. 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, the car has shredded down a few kg of kerb weight over the previous model. Globally, the 2018 Volkswagen Polo will be offered with a range of petrol and diesel powertrain options. Interestingly, all engines will offer power in two or more tunes. Read – Upcoming Volkswagen Cars in India
– Converging headlamps
– Revised bumpers
– New grille and fog lamps
– New tail-lamps
– Flatter roof
– Angled windshield
– 9.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system
– Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
– Audi’s virtual cockpit digital instrument display
– Anti-Slip Regulation
– Electronic Stability Program
– Adaptive damper control
– Xenon headlamps
– Cornering lights
– City emergency braking system
– Pedestrian detection
– Adaptive cruise control with brake intervention
– Parking assistant
Note: Aforementioned features are of global-spec model.
The German carmaker first unveiled the sixth-generation Polo hatchback in Berlin on June 16, 2017. Millions of people had witnessed the unveiling across the world through the live streaming. Already on sale in the European market, the new Polo is being manufactured at Volkswagen’s production plant in Navarra, Spain. As for the Indian launch, the company is yet to make an official announcement. Though, the car is reported to be launched in 2020. 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 2018 Volkswagen Polo will witness all-new design with comprehensive feature updates. While the international model will get more efficient powertrains, 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 use the same PQ25 platform from the current model. The locally produced components and PQ25 platform will aide curbing price of the hatchback. Keeping the above pointers in mind, the new Volkswagen Polo 2018 price in India is likely to start from Rs 6 lakh for the entry-level model and go up to Rs 11 lakh for the top-spec version. Read: New VW Polo GTI – All You Need To Know
Visually, the 2018 Volkswagen Polo continues sporting VW’s evolutionary styling with sharp body creases, larger stance, chiselled sides and modish cues. Some of its design elements will be carried over from the Golf hatchback, and is likely to share some of its components with its larger sibling – Volkswagen Tiguan. While the international model will underpin the new MQB architecture, the India-spec version will retain the PQ25 platform.
Elements such as the converging headlamps and split front bumper are reminiscent of the Passat series. Upfront of the car looks more aggressive with features such as a revised bumper, redesigned grille, fog lamps and slimmer headlamps with integrated angle running lights. On the contrary, the rear profile will witness subtle changes. It is expected to sport reworked bumper and new tail-lamps at the back. Additionally, the car will feature a flatter roof and angled windshield. Read – New Volkswagen SUV To Challenge Jeep Compass
The Sporty R Line is likely to get some exclusive features such as gloss black elements on the bumper, roof, tires, side and roof spoiler. The range topping GTI variant, on the other hand, comes with larger wheels & tires with honeycomb grille patterns and red elements on the face. The GTI will get the standard chassis, optional ‘Sport Select’ set up, 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels and clark tartan seats.
Comprehensive styling changes have also been made inside the cabin. The new-gen model of the hatchback will get advanced connectivity tech such as the 9.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Smartphone connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Though, it will be restricted to 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 2018 Volkswagen 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. Check Out – Volkswagen T-Cross Compact SUV Pictures
|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.
Globally, the new Polo will be available with multiple petrol and diesel engines. The hatchback might get a 1.0-litre MPI unit with two power outputs, 65bhp and 115bhp, whereas the 1.0-litre TSI unit will churn out a top power of 95bhp against 115bhp of torque. 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 source its power from 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. On the other hand, the BlueMotion trims will use a 5-speed manual unit and could return better fuel economy with reduced carbon footprint. However, there is yet no clarity whether the India-spec Polo will come with same engine setup or not. 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. Mileage figures of the hatchback are estimated to stand at 18kmpl in the city and slightly more at 20kmpl on highways. Read: Volkswagen Ameo – All Details in 9 Quick Points
As mentioned in the beginning, the new Polo will be larger than the outgoing model, measuring 4,053mm in length, 1,751mm in width and 1,446mm in height. The car sits on the long 2,564mm wheelbase, implying more space for the passengers seated inside.
In the premium hatchback space, the new Polo will continue to take on the likes of Maruti Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 primarily. Besides, it will also face challenge from the likes of Ford Figo in the segment.
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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.