A 2018 Volkswagen Polo was lately spotted undergoing testing in South Africa with nothing to cover up its curves. The next generation Polo looks more chiselled and longer than the present generation and gets sharper cuts and creases all around it. The car’s new face looks a lot like the just unveiled Arteon.
After the dieselgate fiasco, Volkswagen is trying to recover the faith of its customers all around the world by repositioning itself as a green auto-maker. Keeping that in mind, we can expect the new Polo to include at least one hybrid power-train, and an all-electric option could be on the menu for international markets. For the Indian market, we can expect the car to continue to offer a diesel and a petrol motor. The much loved 1.2 liter turbo-charged engine is likely to be substituted with a 1.0 liter, 3 cylinder turbo-charged engine that develops extra torque and power. That said, the punchy, yet frugal, 1.5 liter TDI diesel engine with the five speed manual gear transmission is likely to be carried over as is since Volkswagen has spent a considerable amount of time and resources developing the engine exactly for the Indian market. And yes, there will be an all-new GTI variant as well, which is expected to get a more powerful 2.0-litre engine, replacing the present 1.8-litre unit.
To meet tighter emission norms, the new Polo will use a lighter MQB A0 platform, which is said to be 70kg lighter than the one in use. The new platform and the bigger dimensions should also help with addressing the issue of back legroom and make the rear seat extra spacious.
Volkswagen is expected to showcase the next generation Polo on its home turf at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017.