New gen Volkswagen Polo in India will be based on heavily localized MQB platform that will also underpin the new compact SUV & new Vento.
German premium carmaker, Volkswagen is planning to launch 3 all new cars in the Indian market by 2020. The first product will be a compact SUV to rival Hyundai Creta & Renault Duster, which will be followed by new Polo and new Vento. All three cars will be based on the locally developed VW Group’s MQB platform. As a reminder, Skoda is currently working on the low cost version of the MQB platform for the growing nations. Like Volkswagen, Skoda will also launch 3 new cars based on low cost MQB platform in India.
Volkswagen has already launched the new generation Polo in European markets. However, this model measures over 4 meter in length. India spec model will continue to sit below 4-meter. The global-spec Polo is 4,053mm in length, 1,751mm in width and 1,446mm in height. This makes it 81mm longer, 63mm wider and 7mm taller than the fifth generation Polo. The wheelbase has also been increased by 9mm. The hatch offers a luggage area of 351-litres, which is around 71-litres more than before. Also See – 2018 Volkswagen Polo Gets New 1.0L MPI Petrol Engine, Replaces 1.2L Unit
For people not in the known, current model in India is based on the PQ25 platform that also underpins the Vento and Ameo sedans. New model will be more premium and feature loaded. The company will aim at offering more space inside the cabin, especially for the rear occupants. Also See – Volkswagen to unveil Jeep Compass rival in August 2018
Volkswagen will not continue with the existing 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine. Instead, company is planning a stripped down version of the existing 2.0L TDI diesel engine. Though, rumors suggest that the next-gen Polo will come with petrol engine option only. It is expected to get a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Source – ACI