Report – Lighter next gen VW Polo with more space to launch in March 2016


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According to a new report from AutoBild, Volkswagen will launch the production of the sixth generation Polo in March 2016. The current Polo was world premiered at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and launched in India the following year.

The new Polo has reportedly moved closer to the Golf with an edgier and sportier design, featuring a more distinctive silhouette. The length and width of the car has changed a little, the wheelbase longer, the roof is a little flatter, and the windshield more angled.

VW Polo facelift front left three quarter at the NADA Auto Show Nepal
The new Polo would offer more space than the current gen (pictured) and features from more expensive models.

The report states that the new Polo will offer “considerably more space than ever before in the interior.” It will retain the three- and five-door hatchback body styles and the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trim levels.

A Cabrio (convertible) and a ‘Speedster’ derivative are also being weighed, but they would be more expensive than regular variants, if at all they make it to production.

The Cross Polo could have a more distinct identity in the next generation (like the GLA and A Class from Mercedes) featuring a rough-road chassis, increased ground clearance, better seats, larger wheels and a raised roof.

Interestingly the report is mentioning that a compact notchback sedan is also in the running for markets outside Europe (read as India). Volkswagen India has already evinced interest in two sub-4m products.

VW Polo 1.6L facelift engine bay at the 2014 Nepal Auto Show
The European engine range would depend on three-cylinder mills, but expect the current displacements to stay on in the Indian version.

Three-cylinder engines will play a large role on the new Polo and the choices reported are 1.0-liter petrol, 1.4-liter diesel, 1.4-liter petrol, 1.8-liter petrol and a 2.0-liter petrol, all in two tuning states.

The new Polo will weigh 80 kg less, thanks partly to lighter seats, and will feature better pedestrian safety.

Safety and general equipment onboard are reported to include ASR, ABS and ESP, adaptive damper control, Xenon headlamps, cornering lights, adverse weather and highbeam assistance, LED daytime running lights, Front Assist surroundings monitoring, City Emergency Braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with brake intervention, Parking Assistant for longitudinal and transverse park, Mirror-Link smartphone connection with extended functionality and traffic sign recognition.

Also Read: VW Polo 1.5L diesel review

Competitors: Ford Fiesta, Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris, Fiat Punto, Peugeot 208

Expected launch date: March 2016

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