Latest generation of plush supermini has been part-revealed in the first official picture ahead of its reveal later this week; it's more Golf-like than ever before
13 June 2017

The next generation Volkswagen Polo, which enters production later this month, will sport a more Golf-like look. A preview image released by VW shows the first official glimpse of the new supermini, confirming previous shots of the car undisguised.

2017 Volkswagen Polo officially revealed

Recent spy shots, which surfaced on the Ferd fan page, show the new car testing completely undisguised; previous shots showed some disguise around the car's lights. It shows the Polo will have more grown-up styling inspired by the Golf, as well as a wider fascia. 

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VW's sixth-generation Ford Fiesta rival, which is yet to be officially shown, was also recently spotted testing without disguise in South Africa. It's expected to make its first motor show appearance at the Frankfurt motor show in September, while the brand has confirmed at its annual meeting in Wolfsburg that production begins this month.

The latest Polo has been re-engineered for its 42nd year of production with a new platform, updated engines, revised suspension and a raft of technical enhancements. It is larger but lighter than its eight-year-old predecessor. VW's head of design, Klaus Bischoff, confirmed that the new model will feature new technology, but the brand remains tight-lipped on exactly what will be offered. It's likely to get the facelifted Golf's semi-autonomous systems, though.

As seen in the new images the Polo features a more dynamic-looking exterior that, VW officials suggest, will help broaden its sales appeal. Redesigned headlights, a more heavily sloping roofline and a more structured rear-end design were among the elements evident in recent sightings of a clay model of the new Polo at Volkswagen’s design base in Germany, and are apparent in these latest pictures.

The new Polo eschews the old PQ25 platform of today’s model for an all-new MQB-based structure developed for the Volkswagen Group’s so-called A0 segment models, which include the new Seat Ibiza and next-generation Skoda Fabia. Reflecting the changes to the recently unveiled new Ibiza, the upcoming Polo is notably longer and wider than before.

The bigger dimensions are allied to a longer wheelbase and wider tracks, which also mean increased interior space and a significantly larger boot than the outgoing model’s.

As today, the new Polo will be offered as both three and five-door body styles. It’s not yet clear whether VW will offer a CrossPolo variant with increased ride height and additional cladding to give it a quasi off-roader look. The CrossPolo may be ditched because of the new production version of the T-Cross Breeze SUV, which shares its platform with the new Polo and will offer the choice of either front or four-wheel drive.

The latest Polo has gained an all-new cabin. VW hopes it will trump rivals on perceived interior quality, with a soft dashboard fascia and new trim elements, as well as controls and front seats sourced from the recently facelifted Golf.

There will also be options recently introduced to larger models. These include a digital instrument display, a new generation of touchscreen infotainment systems, the latest Park Pilot automatic parking and keyless entry.

The engine line-up will be consolidated in line with costcutting initiatives instigated by VW boss Herbert Diess.

An insider told Autocar: “Today’s model has 14 different drivetrain alternatives. This will be reduced. You’ll see more modern and economical engines in the future.”

Entry-level versions of the new Polo will use a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine in 64bhp, 74bhp, 94bhp and 113bhp guises. Meanwhile, the turbo 1.2-litre petrol unit is likely to be dropped. VW’s three-cylinder petrol engine is again set to power a frugal BlueMotion version.

The turbo 1.4-litre fourcylinder petrol engine used in today’s Polo will be replaced by the turbo 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit recently launched in the facelifted Golf.

As in its larger sibling, it has cylinder shutdown technology and it is expected to be offered in 128bhp and 148bhp guises. The higher-powered version will propel the replacement for today’s Polo Blue GT.

Topping the range will be a successor to the Polo GTI. Rumours suggest it will use a turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit with upwards of 200bhp. Plans for an even more powerful Polo R have been cancelled.

Although VW eventually intends to replace its small diesel engines with petrolelectric drivetrains, the new Polo will continue to offer diesel units. Replacing the 1.4-litre three-cylinder diesel of today’s model is an updated version of VW’s controversial 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, likely in 79bhp, 94bhp and, possibly, 108bhp guises.

Unlike with the larger Golf, VW has no immediate plans to provide its new supermini with a pure-electric or extendedrange petrol-electric hybrid. However, the new Polo will be sold with a short-range petrolelectric mild-hybrid drivetrain.

Also planned is a naturalgas-fuelled version of the turbo 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, developing 95bhp in a new Polo TGI in selected markets.

A five-speed manual gearbox will be available on lower-powered engines, with a six-speed manual on powerful units. A seven-speed dualclutch gearbox will be an option.

Although the MQB platform supports four-wheel drive, its introduction on the Polo is not a given according to VW officials, who point to a low take-up rate on the Golf.

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16 March 2017
A bit more "eschewing" Could Autocar please write in English (as it is spoken)? Robbo

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16 March 2017
a more dynamic-looking exterior that, VW officials suggest, will help broaden its sales appeal." I'm struggling to imagine them saying anything else.

16 March 2017
I work in the VW network and the information that I have is that there will be NO three door and NO diesel engine derivatives ! Let's wait and see .

Borabora2

16 March 2017
[quote=ScottpolocoupeS]I work in the VW network and the information that I have is that there will be NO three door and NO diesel engine derivatives ! Let's wait and see .[/quote] Earlier reports by Autocar about the new Polo said it would be 5 door only, now they are saying 3 and 5 door. I would not be surprised if the three door is dropped as everyone else seems to be doing it.

A34

16 March 2017
"Entry-level versions of the new Polo will use a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine in 64bhp, 74bhp, 94bhp and 113bhp guises." I think I just spotted an opportunity to reduce this further... how about 70, 90 and 113 PS? VW can donate my fee for this idea to a climate change research org...

16 March 2017
Autocar's rendering shows quite a radical new look but I bet it won't look much different from the outgoing model. Evolutionary design has been very successful for VW, but it may be that their styling is evolving in the wrong direction. The Tiguan has evolved into a lumpen soap bar on wheels and the Golf looks so inelegant and stark compared to rivals from France. The grim looking Arteon is another example. I think supermini buyers especially expect a bit of a spark of originality and eventually the lack of it will eventually cost them. They could at least offer it in some decent colours for a change.

16 March 2017
+1. The colour choice nowadays is dire. Monochrome only, with the rare dull dark blue or blinding red. Citroën seem to have the most interesting designs right now in the small car segment. Renault are interesting too. Come on VW, up your game a little.

16 March 2017
[quote=androo]The Tiguan has evolved into a lumpen soap bar on wheels.....[/quote] Are you sure? One of Autocar's journalists recently wrote a piece telling us how every time he saw a Tiguan it was an "event"....

16 March 2017
[quote=Greg Kable]Reflecting the changes to the recently unveiled new Ibiza, the upcoming Polo is notably longer and wider than before.[/quote] Except the Ibiza is actually the same lenght as before. And the 60 and 75 hp versions of the 1.0l petrol aren't turbos. Annnnd as others have mentioned ( I'm sure Autocar has. And possibly VW themselves? ) there probably won't be a 3 door version. So, great job all around? I guess the rendering isn't as horrible as usual.

 

 

16 March 2017
And the quoting function isn't working, neither are paragraphs ( again )

 

 

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