Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Volkswagen unveils new version of Polo subcompact

Volkswagen unveils new version of Polo subcompact

Including all different versions the Polo has even been sold over 16 million times worldwide.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Volkswagen is unveiling a new version of its Polo subcompact, the sixth edition of a auto that has sold 14 million units since it was introduced in 1975.

The new Polo gets the same shiny new underpinnings as the new Seat Ibiza and which, in true Volkswagen Group style, will soon be doing service in a variety of other VW, Seat, Skoda and Audi models. Compared to the outgoing model, the new one has a 3.7-inch longer wheelbase (100 inches) and 25 percent more trunk space (12.4 cubic feet).

Watch the launch of the 2017 Volkswagen Polo which is taking place in Berlin below. Beats gets a 300-watt hi-fi and some questionable graphics while R-Line does a convincing GTI impression for those who want to talk the talk without walking the walk. Considering the additional features and a newer and complex platform, the new Polo could be priced at a slight premium over the current generation Polo.

Under the hood buyers will be able to specify one of nine different engines ranging from 65-150hp in output or, in the case of the GTi model, an eye-watering 2-litre 200hp block complete with paddle-shift dual-clutch transmission. You'll also need to go beyond base to get standard-fit air-con. Polo GTI also made a brief appearance at the event in Germany.

A completely redesigned interior debuts a single "visual and control axis" with instruments and infotainment merging on the same horizontal axis in the dashboard to give the driver fewer distractions and better displayed information via larger touchscreen. The height of the auto has been decreased in order to give it a more dynamic appearance.

Also available in selected markets will be a natural gas propelled 1.0 TGI model running a specially adapted version of Volkswagen's turbocharged 1.0-litre four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine developing 89bhp.

The new Polo comes fitted with front assist and pedestrian safety as standard.

The new Polo carries over the shape of the previous model, although the hatchback has become visibly bigger.

The 2018 Volkswagen Polo is built on the MQB platform. As with the current model, which is the country's second best selling passenger auto, losing only to its Vivo-badged predecessor, the all-new model will be built in Uitenhage, presumably also for export markets.

An extra Polo derivative is expected to be launched as part of the next generation Polo range.

Set to enter production later this month, the VW Polo will be initially produced from the company's Spanish plant while production in South Africa will commence later.

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