Volkswagen, the carmaker from Germany, has today unveiled the 6th generation of the VW Polo premium hatchback.
While the Polo hatchback was caught undisguised in Europe a few times earlier, the German carmaker has finally unveiled the Polo in Berlin at a world premiere today by Chairman of Volkswagen Board of Management Mr. Herbert Diess. During the unveil, Mr. Herbert had said, “”The Polo is a young, fresh car. It combines charisma with strong technology. No other car offers so much space for its size. This makes our Polo the number one compact car, and it will remain number one.”
One of the key grouse points against the current generation Polo has been its interior space. Polo owners unanimously complaint about the rear bench space and the non-existent legroom. The new Polo, which is based on the VW group’s modular MQB platform looks bigger and better than its previous generation in almost every direction. This should translate to much better interior room and shoulder room for its rear passengers. Also important feature to be noted is that as per the company statement, the already sufficiently sized boot size has been increased from the current 280 litres to a whopping 351 litres.
One look at the Polo’s exterior and you will definitely fall in love with the car. The design is unmistakably Polo but with touches of maturity at the right places. The creaseline running along the waist of the hatchback is clean and uncluttered. The VW designers have taken the timeless Polo design and have made it even more stunning.
Step into the inside and we will be surprised if you can utter any word other than “Woww”! The dashboard is made of high quality plastics and the design though simple is still magnificient. The all new VW Polo gets a touchscreen infotainment display and the center AC vents have been moved below to accommodate the same. A flat bottom steering wheel wrapped in leather is nothing short of joy to hold.
The all new VW Polo gets a host of features such as a digital instrument cluster, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, lane change system with rear traffic alert, keyless access and engine starting system, semi-automated parking system and a ‘maneuvering function’.
The global all new Polo models would be powered by a naturally aspirated 1.0 litre petrol, a 1.0 litre turbo petrol, a 1.5 litre turbo petrol and the torquey 1.6 litre diesel engines. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual along with a 7-speed DSG tranny.
When launched in India, the new VW Polo should carry forward with the same set of 1.2 naturally aspirated MPI, a 1.2 TSI and the India specific 1.5 litre turbo diesel.
With VW running its Indian business with an ageing lineup, the all new VW Polo should definitely infuse some young energy and help the brand revitalize itself in the Indian market.