Volkswagen unveils new version of Polo subcompact

The engine range in Europe includes a normally aspirated 1-litre petrol unit, offered with 48kW and 55kW outputs, a 1.0 TSI turbopetrol in 70kW and 85kW guises and a 110kW 1.5-litre TSI with cylinder deactivation. It's the roomiest Polo to date with a wheelbase that is 94mm longer, plus it showcases a 25% bigger boot than the Mk5, measuring in at 351 litres.

Visually the new Polo shares the same conservative new styling themes as the regular Polo, but raises the visual appeal with a usual combination of GTI specific design flourishes.

Hours ahead of its global debut at a special event in Europe, images of the sixth generation Volkswagen Polo have made its way online revealing the auto completely.

The new Polo will start at Euro 12,975 in Germany which roughly translates to Rs 9.35 lakh. The new Polo will replace the current generation model which has been the company's stallion for over 7 years.

The new supermini has grown in every dimensions except height: at 4,053mm long it's 81mm longer than before and only slightly shorter than the Mk4 Golf of the late nineties. A performance-focused GTI model will also be available, with a 2.0 TSI engine and 200PS. Also, the latest version of Polo will feature automatic parking technology.

As of now there is no information about the interior updates in 2018 Polo but it is expected to get an all new dashboard inspired from the Volkswagen Golf and a new infotainment system.

United Kingdom trim levels and pricing is yet to be announced, but we know that prices are expected to rise by around £500 over today's model. Other features on top models will include adaptive cruise control, full LED headlights, adaptive dampers, a panoramic sunroof and blind spot detection. While the 1.6-litre, four-cylinder TDI will be offered as a diesel alternative.

The new Polo is slightly larger than the previous model and offers safety and driver assistance systems previously available on larger cars.

No word yet on UK-specific prices and specifications, but orders will open later this year and the vehicle is expected to be in the first customers' hands by January 2018.

New 2018 Polo is seen with split bumpers and converging head lights. Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Carolyn Briggs