2018 Volkswagen Polo unveiled; Larger, snazzier & tech-laden

Volkswagen (VW) has just revealed the 2018 Polo hatchback at the German capital of Berlin. The car, in its 6th generation now, has moved on to the MQB platform, ditching the older PQ25 platform. Apart from the platform change, the new Polo clearly is one size larger than the outgoing version. It features a brand new design with more curves than straight lines. It also comes packed with cutting edge features. Engines have been updated as well.

So, what’s new?

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For starters, you have the new Polo gaining a curvier appearance while sticking to the traditional VW family look. Both the front and rear ends have been completely redesigned. LED headlamps and tail lamps are prominent styling elements while the sides of the car get new alloy wheels. Dimensions-wise, the 2018 Polo is much larger than the outgoing version.

At 4,053 mm long, the new car is 81 mm longer while the wheelbase goes up by a whopping 94 mm, to 2,564 mm. It’s wider by 69 mm, with the width measuring 1,751 mm. It’s sits much lower though, with height falling by 97 mm. However, VW has somehow managed to keep interior height nearly the same, dropping it by just 6 mm. The interiors also get a complete revamp. A new dashboard design and infotainment technology makes it to the car.

Engines?

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In Germany, VW will sell the Polo with petrol, diesel and natural gas (CNG) powered engines. The petrol motor line up starts with a 1 liter-3 cylinder non-turbo unit producing 65 PS, moves to the 1.0 liter and 1.5 liter TSIs, and tops off at a 2 liter TSI turbocharged unit making 200 PS. Diesels remain confined to the 1.6 liter TDI turbo, available in 80 PS and 95 PS tunes. 5 and 6 speed manual and 7 speed twin clutch automatic units are the gearboxes on offer.

What’s so cutting edge then?

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Well, the list is long. Front assist, city emergency braking, pedestrian monitoring, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, rear view camera, park assist with maneuvering braking function, wireless charging & keyless access, full LED headlamps and smartphone integration with the infotainment system are some of the key new features in the car. In other words, the 6th gen 2018 car is the most advanced Polo ever built.

When’s it coming to India?

Well, this is something only VW can answer. For sure, it’s not coming here at least until 2018, from when it’ll start selling in non-European locations. Until then, only the UK and Europe are expected to get the new model. Some VW India official – in the past – have said that the PQ25 platform will be modified for India and a new Polo will be built on that modified platform.

However, doing this just for the Indian market may not make sense given the small volumes. As VW already sells a lot of MQB platform cars (Octavia, Superb, A3) in India, launching the 2018 Polo here is what makes most sense as the MQB platform was designed to enable extensive parts sharing and common production facilities. But we’ll still have to wait for VW India’s final word on this.

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