42-years have come and gone since the Volkswagen Polo first debuted, and how things have changed since then. 1975 welcomed the very first Polo, designed to ferry young families and up-and-comers in safety, style, and decent economy. While over four decades have passed since then, the basic recipe of the Polo remains the same: It’s still a safe, stylish, economical little family car, aimed at younger buyers.
The sixth-generation model will be making its debut this Friday, but Volkswagen has taken the opportunity to whet the appetites of motoring critics and observers around the world by teasing its more mature new Polo. Promising a more “charismatic design,” the new Polo is set to be larger, more spacious, and more plush than previous iterations of the model.
The latest Polo is expected to focus on small, turbocharged powerplants, though an entry-level 3-pot 1.0-litre petrol engine is expected to kick off the range. Capacities should range from 1.0-litres up to 1.5-litres, with possibly larger displacements for diesel powerplants or high-performance variants (like the Polo GTi). Interior technology should also be a highlight with the new Volkswagen compact, adopting features previously reserved for plusher, larger cars. A touchscreen infotainment screen will come as standard across the range, with varying sizes depending on spec, with all but the most affordable Polos offering smartphone mirroring technology. A 9.5-inch unit should top the offerings, and may complement a fully-digital instrument display like that on the bigger Golf and Passat (but again, limited to the very top-end of the range).
VW boss Herbert Diess has said previously that the brand must focus on connectivity, and so the new Polo may enjoy features like built-in internet and social network connectivity on higher-spec cars. Following the launch of the Polo, Volkswagen is expected to introduce an SUV based on it, in the form of the T-Roc.
With over 14-million Polos sold worldwide, this is a very important car for VW. Stay tuned to CarShowroom for more updates following the official launch of the Mk6 Volkswagen Polo this Friday. But if you can’t wait, you can check out the spy shots we have of the new car in the gallery below.