The next-generation Volkswagen Polo hatchback, based on the MQB platform is in the works for a March 2016 launch, according to German automotive publication AutoBild. The 2016 Polo hatchback will be larger than the outgoing model and also lighter by almost 80 kilograms thanks to the usage of lightweight materials. The 2016 Polo’s larger dimensions are said to allow for more room on the interiors. The 2016 Polo will also see major design changes, with a sportier look inspired by the Golf, on the cards.
In terms of mechanicals, the 2016 Polo will adopt motors designed to work with the MQB platform, and this includes triple cylinder turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines with 1 liter and 1.4 liter capacities. Higher powered turbo petrol engines with 1.4 liter and 1.8 liter capacities, and a higher powered turbo diesel motor with a 2 liter capacity will also be on offer. The next-generation Polo is expected to arrive into India by late-2016, as an all-new model.
The Polo will also get completely revamped interiors. Premium fit and finish levels are likely considering the positioning of the Polo. In terms of equipment, expect the 2016 Polo to gain a range of advanced infotainment and connectivity options. The safety kit is also likely to get a fillip with features borrowed from larger cars such as the Golf and the Jetta making it to the next-generation Polo hatchback.
The sixth generation, 2016 Polo hatchback will also spawn other body styles. While a cabriolet version is under consideration, Volkswagen is very likely to continue offering a Cross Polo model. However, the Cross Polo version of the 2016 Polo will have a more butch design than the current Cross Polo hatchback. Apart from a rough road package and butch design elements, the 2016 Volkswagen Cross Polo is expected to get higher ground clearance and taller wheels, to make for a compact SUV-like stance.
Apart from the Cross Polo variant, a compact notchback derivative of the 2016 Polo is said to be in the works for emerging markets, which means that the next-generation Vento (Polo sedan) will also hop on to the MQB platform. However, the sub-4 meter, compact sedan that Volkswagen is developing for the Indian car market will continue to use the PQ25 platform, albeit with design changes to make it look distinct from both the current Polo and the Vento cars.