New Polo to continue its 42-year success.
During its annual meeting in Wolfsburg, Volkswagen took the opportunity to announce that the sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo would be rolling off production lines next month. The Polo Mk6 will replace the immensely-popular Mk5, which has been with us since 2010.
For its 42nd year in production, the new Polo sees the adoption of a new platform, a new range of engines, tweaked suspension, and significant technical enhancements. It’s also reported that the Mk6 Polo will also be bigger yet lighter than the model it replaces.
Judging by leaked photos that we carried a while ago, the new Polo will sport a design that’s more dynamic and athletic compared to the outgoing model. The headlights, with internals that integrate seamless into the grille, help give the car a design element that is reminiscent of the current-generation Passat, while emphasising the width of the small car. A more sloping roofline and structured rump will also see the Polo right, with more and more of its competitors sporting similarly mature designs.
The MQB-based Mk6 Polo will be one of many cars that will eventually use this platform. Once the Polo is underway, expect to see Seat and Skoda derivatives, along with SUV/crossover type offerings based on the same underpinnings. The Polo is, visually at least, larger than the model it replaces, which should translate to improved cabin space and practicality.
The cabin itself should be an all-new design, though it isn’t likely to stray too far from the Volkswagen corporate design language evident across its model range. It’s likely to continue to show its value with use of soft-touch materials and well-engineered switchgear, and will probably offer some of the technology that’s now in play with its larger siblings. Optional equipment may include things like a fully-digital instrument display, autonomous parking, keyless entry, and improved infotainment systems.
Expect to see powertrain options range from a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol three-pot, climbing to a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol 4-cylinder unit. The petrol engines will then continue with a turbo 2.0-litre engine, which will find a home beneath the nose of the new Polo GTi. There will be a 1.6-litre oiler too, along with a short-range petrol-electric ‘mild-hybrid’ powertrain. No full-EV on the cards here.