The Volkswagen Polo has been on sale since 1975 and over 14 million units have been sold ever since. This will be the sixth generation model of the Polo and is scheduled to be launched later this year. We have already seen the new-gen Polo without camouflage earlier in the year and now, Volkswagen has confirmed that the new-gen Polo is in the testing phase. The sixth generation Polo will have Volkswagen’s versatile MQB platform as its underpinnings. This will be the first instance of the Polo being manufactured on the MQB platform.
Straightaway, the silhouette of the car has changed a bit, with the length and the width being increased. The headlamp cluster has been completely updated and might also have integrated LED DRLs (in top trims). The front end sees a minor change with an updated grille, getting a chrome strip. The rear remains more or less similar to the current model on sale.
The Polo has been one of Volkswagen’s bestselling cars in India, with over 20,000 units sold in FY2016-17. We believe that the new-gen Polo will come to India early next year. It will also form the basis of the Polo SUV that was showcased as the T-Cross Breeze. In fact, the T-Cross too was spotted testing earlier in 2016.
Although Volkswagen has a plethora of petrol and diesel engines on offer for the Polo, we believe that the new-gen Polo coming to India will continue to get the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel with a 5-speed gearbox. Volkswagen might also bring in the GT models of the new-gen Polo after the launch of the regular model.