New Volkswagen Polo goes official

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This sixth-generation Polo is 81mm longer and 69mm wider than its predecessor, but packaging is also much improved to the point where VW can claim to have significantly increased the amount of interior space.

Volkswagen boasts that the new Polo has a vast array of personalisation options. Among the engines is a new 150hp 1.5-litre petrol, seen first in the Golf, and a powerful 200hp 2.0-litre petrol exclusive to the GTI model.

It's spun on VW's "MQB A0" platform, which - if you don't spend your evenings reciting VW Group chassis nomenclature - is the company's base for compact cars. However, the height has been reduced by just 7mm to provide it with better dynamics.

THE evergreen Volkswagen Polo has been with us for so long that Gordon Brown - remember him? - was still Prime Minister when the current version was launched in 2009. It also gets more prominent character lines, a roof mounted spoiler, new tail lamps and a redesigned rear bumper.

The usual Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trim levels are joined by the Beats special edition (with an uprated audio system plus unique badging), sportier-looking R-Line and the actually-sportier Polo GTI variants. "We will also be pushing the new Polo into South America to expand our presence there". The boot is also considerably bigger, with capacity increasing from 280 to 351 litres.

If you don't fancy a GTI, there are many, many other trims you can go for.

The decision to dispense with the three-door bodystyle, which has traditionally accounted for over 30 per cent of worldwide sales, comes on the back of slowing sales and follows similar moves with the latest Renault Clio, Nissan Micra and Seat Ibiza - all of which are offered exclusively in five-door form. The new motor churns out 197hp, 8hp more than the outgoing model.

As of now there is no information about the interior updates in 2018 Polo but it is expected to get an all new dashboard inspired from the Volkswagen Golf and a new infotainment system.

As previously reported, the GTI gets a 200cc bump in displacement, now featuring a 147kW 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder.

The new Polo, priced from 12,975 euros ($14,500) and due to hit showrooms in October, will be the main volume product VW launches this year, preceding the all-new T-Roc, a Golf-sized sport utility vehicle (SUV) which is due out later in 2017.

The smallest engine on offer in the new Polo range is a 1.0-liter mill.

There's also two 1.6-litre TDI diesels offering 80bhp and 95bhp respectively. Volkswagen's 7-speed DSG automatic will be available as an option on the higher state of tune engines.

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