Volkswagen has taken the wraps off the sixth-generation Polo. The 2018 Polo is new from the ground up, based on the same MQB platform that underpins many VW models, up to the new Atlas SUV.
At first glance the new Polo is clearly an evolutionary take on the European icon. The new design is very similar to the outgoing model, but converges with new design cues found on recent VW models to make this car look more modern. Perhaps more noticeable than the new design is the Polo’s larger footprint, which is 159 inches long with a wheelbase that’s nearly 4-inches larger than today’s model.
Another eye-catching trait with the new Polo is its interior. VW has taken less of an evolutionary approach inside with a focus on technology. The Polo offers a digital gauge cluster that interfaces with the car’s infotainment screen in the dash. Along with a top-notch infotainment system, many advanced safety features are now standard on Polo. The list of standard and optional safety gear includes things like automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, park assist, and warning for blind spots, lane departure and rear cross traffic.
VW is throwing a total of nine new engines into the Polo, with the capstone being the Polo GTI’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that hammers out 197 horsepower with driver’s choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Volkswagen will formally reveal the new Polo in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, while it will go on sale in Europe shortly thereafter. So far there are no plans to sell the Polo in the U.S.