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.
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.
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.