With over 14 million units sold worldwide, the Volkswagen Polo is as successful as a car can get. It was an instant hit among Indian buyers too. Car enthusiasts swear by its build quality and impressive dynamics, which cannot be matched by any other car in its class. Though Polo hasn’t received a major update in a long time, it still continues to sell in appreciable numbers. The sixth-generation Polo was recently unveiled in Berlin and holds great promise.
So what are the top 5 things that you can expect from new Polo? We have made a list.
1. Longer wheelbase, Wider track, More space
By all accounts, the current generation Polo is not a spacious car. The sixth-generation Euro-spec car however is based on the new MQB platform, which makes it wider as well as longer. The car’s over four meter in length (4053mm) and has 2564mm of wheelbase.
It’s also wider than before (1751mm to be precise), old car was 1682mm wide and 3971mm long and had a meagre, 2469mm of wheelbase. All this translates into better interior space for passengers and bigger boot (351 litres).
It’s an all new design which is based on a modular MQB platform which is also lighter than the previous PQ25 platform. The overall stance of the car remains the same, and looks evolutionary. You get LED DRLs at the front and more rakish headlamps, and LED taillight cluster at the back reminds of the old car in some way.
There are creases on the side panels, bonnet and at the back which makes the car look sharp. Inside too, it’s expected that a sporty black scheme would continue. Dashboard and steering have also been designed from scratch and Indian car is expected to retain those features unspoilt.
3. Virtual cockpit and Other features
Current generation car isn’t ill-equipped by any standard. It offers all the goodies you could ask for.
The new car would only better that list and is expected to offer features like virtual cockpit, a smart and well-integrated infotainment system that would continue to offer features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink technology for seamless support for smart phones.
Some of the other features like semi-automated parking, adaptive cruise control etc. may not be offered in the Indian version. If at all some of the features make the cut, they may be available only with the top variant.
4. Engine options & Performance
The current generation Polo offers two engine choices, 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol and 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel. The new Volkswagen Polo would continue to offer same engine and transmission options. The GT would get 1.2-litre turbo petrol with 7-speed DSG and a 1.5-litre diesel motor with a manual and 7-speed DSG. The natural gas powered engine that’s being offered in other world markets would not be available in India.
Though the power units are likely to be available in the same state of tune as current motors, expect them to perform better in the newer MQB platform due to weight difference.
New Polo is expected to set a benchmark in the hatchback segment and would continue to offer two airbags, ABS as standard. It’s expected that features like ISOFIX and EBD will also be made standard in the new Polo.
The GT is expected to offer additional features like hill assist and ESP with the automatic version of the car.
The new Polo would most likely be equipped with passenger bag deactivation feature as well. While features like blind spot detection, rear traffic alert etc. may not be offered.
Considering how important Polo is for the Indian market, we can expect Volkswagen to launch the car in the market soon.