Volkswagen has revealed the sixth generation of the Polo in Berlin, exterioraGermany. The next generation Polo will make its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor show in September. It has received major upgrades at the interior and exterior and will be sold in three versions, Trendline, Comfortline and Highline variants. In addition of these variants, there will be a special edition of Polo ‘Beat Edition’ with high sound surround system and a more powerful version of the Polo GTI. As of now, there is no information when German manufacturer will launch the Polo in India, however, it is expected by 2018.
The 2018 Volkswagen Polo is based on the A0 version of the MQB platform as the older version of Polo was based on the PQ25 platform. On the outside, the Polo will get LED headlamps with LED DRLs, a panoramic sunroof, wider tyres and a roof spoiler. The Polo GTI gets additional features such as a honeycomb grille with a GTI badge, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lamps and dual chrome exhausts.
The next generation Polo will get a number of engine options, four petrol and one diesel motors, a 1.0-litre MPI petrol engine available in two states of tune, 64 hp and 73 hp while the another one is a 1.0 litre TSI three-cylinder petrol engine that also generates two states of tunes, 93 hp and 113 hp. Another petrol unit that will come is a 1.5 litre TSI four-cylinder configuration that makes 148 hp. The diesel engine option will be a 1.6 litre TDI four-cylinder unit that will deliver 78 hp and 93 hp of power. The next generation Polo GTI is expected to get a 2.0 litre TSI motor that churns out 197 hp of power. The engine will be mated to a five or six-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission, start/ stop function as well as brake energy regeneration.
The Volkswagen 2018 Polo will be offered with a touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted controls, flat-bottomed steering wheel, Active Info Display digital instrument cluster and keyless entry. The console display will be available in two options, a 6.5 inch and an 8-inch unit.
In terms of dimensions, the next generation Polo measures 4,053 mm in length, 1,751 mm in width, 1,446 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,564 mm. Also, the next generation Polo gets 15 mm more headroom up front and 30 mm more headroom at the rear.
Safety features in the 2018 Polo include standard features such as Front Assist Area Monitoring System with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring. In addition, optional features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, lane change detection with rear traffic alert and semi-automated park assist. These driver assist features are expected to be available in European markets, however, India bound Polo will get ABS and dual airbags as standard.