Volkswagen Polo 2018 Teaser Image Leaked
Volkswagen Polo 2018 Teaser Image Leaked

Volkswagen Polo 2018 Teaser Image Leaked

A teaser image has surfaced out of Wolfsburg showing a silhouette of Volkswagen’s upcoming sixth-generation Polo light hatch, ahead of an official launch at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Underpinned by the 'MQB' platform that is shared by many other Volkswagen Group models including the Golf, the new Polo is being described as a 'junior Golf' by company insiders.

While the teaser reveals little about the new hatch, the latest model is said to be the biggest generational change in its 42-year lifespan.

Volkswagen Group Australia's head of corporate communications, Paul Pottinger said an Australian arrival for the new Polo could be expected around the first quarter of 2018, with the GTI performance model following in Q3.

“It is certainly the biggest generational change we have seen in the Polo class,” he said. “The extent of the change has been likened to the change in Golf from Mark VI to Mark VII.”

Being based on the MQB platform also means the new Polo will be larger than the current model.

“To me, it is very much a junior Golf. I would compare it with the Mark IV Golf,” Mr Pottinger said.

An undisguised version of the new Polo was spied on the road in South Africa earlier this year, showing a subtly tweaked design that brings it more into line with its Golf big brother.

As for its size, overseas reports are claiming that the new model will be 4053mm long, 81mm longer than the current Polo but 286mm shorter than the Golf.

It is also expected the new Polo will sit wider and lower to the ground, with a longer wheelbase, but will still be lighter and more fuel efficient.

Due to the model’s relatively distant release date, powertrains have not yet been decided, but Mr Pottinger said he expected the decision makers at Volkswagen to opt for two petrol-powered options in the current range, along with the more potent GTI.

Currently the range is offered with a 1.2-litre turbocharged four in two states of tune – 66kW/160Nm and 81kW/175Nm – with the choice of a manual gearbox or dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The GTI packs a 141kW 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 320Nm paired to the six-speed manual, down to 250Nm in the seven-speed DSG.

Options for the new Polo include the 1.0-litre three-cylinder currently offered in Europe, as well as the 1.5-litre four-cylinder in the new European Golf 7.5.

British publication Autocar is speculating the GTI will eschew the 1.8-litre unit for a 2.0-litre unit, which would naturally come with a bump in power.

No diesels will be offered in the new Polo range in Australia, as is the case currently.

The same will go for the five-door-only range, with no three-door variants being considered.

A limited-edition Beats version, packed with a premium Beats Electronics sound system, is expected to return for the new model.

Volkswagen has sold 2704 examples of the Polo in the first five months of 2017, down 19.5 per cent on the same time last year.

It currently ranks fifth in the light car segment, behind the Hyundai Accent (6349), Mazda2 (5080), Toyota Yaris (4815) and Honda Jazz (2895). 

Should the Polo GTI get an upgrade to a 2.0-litre engine, or is the current 1.8-litre unit enough? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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