Finally, Volkswagen is planning to launch the new generation of Polo in India. The new premium hatchback is expected to hit the market sometime this year. Earlier, the German manufacturer decided to not launch the hatchback in the Indian market because it would have cost quite a bit of money than other competitors and people would have not been able to justify its price. However, now with the launch of the new generation of i20 which is selling quite well for such an expensive premium hatchback, Volkswagen has started considering the new generation of Polo for India. The i20 was able to gather around 30,000 bookings in just 40 days of its launch. So, it makes sense since there is a market for slightly more expensive premium hatchbacks that are built well and offer loads of equipment and space.
The current generation of Polo has been on sale in India for more than 10 years while the manufacturer kept refreshing the exterior slightly with new bumpers, there was not a major change. Then there is the interior of the Polo which now looks and feels old when compared to other competitors in the market. It also lacks features that are now offered many other hatchbacks.
Volkswagen’s design language has always aged well. This was the reason that even after 10 years people are buying the Polo with essentially the same design. The new Polo will be more sophisticated and mature while the interior will also be much more premium when compared to the current generation. The exterior of the new Polo does look a lot sleeker and attractive than the current generation.
It will be based on the MQB A0 IN platform which is a platform specifically made for India to improve the localization. It is a modified version of the MQB A0 platform of Volkswagen on which some of their vehicles are based in the International market. This is the same platform that will be used by many upcoming vehicles from Skoda and Volkswagen. We will see the MQB A0 IN platform on the upcoming Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun and the new Vento replacement and the Rapid. Through this platform sharing the manufacturers will be able to lower the cost of their vehicles that will help in letting them price the car competitively in the Indian market.
The new Polo will share its parts with the new upcoming replacement for the Vento which is also expected to hit the Indian market this year before Skoda’s Rapid. Powering the Mark 6 generation of Polo will be the same 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine that we have seen on the current generation of Polo. The engine produces 110 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 175 Nm. The new engine will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. There might be a lower-priced variant that will get the 1.0-litre MPI petrol engine that produces 75 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 95 Nm of peak torque. It will only be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The new Polo will be competing against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai i20, Toyota Glanza, Honda Jazz and Tata Altroz.