16 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Advanced, dynamic and efficient: new sixth-generation Polo unveiled in Berlin

2017 Volkswagen New Polo R-Line

After months of speculation, Volkswagen has unveiled the new sixth-generation Polo this morning in Berlin, and we are delighted to bring you first details. At first glance, the latest chapter in VW’s small car story doesn’t look that much different to its predecessor, and while it was always going to be evolution not revolution, there’s a great deal more going on under the new, more characterfully-sculpted skin.

Here are the key facts of the new sixth-generation Polo:

  • the sixth-generation is the largest Polo ever at 4,053mm long, up 81mm
  • first Polo based on new ‘MQB A0′ platform with a 94mm longer, 2,564mm wheelbase
  • more space: luggage capacity is now 351 litres, up around 70 litres on the outgoing car
  • five-door only range
  • first Polo with ‘Active Info Display’ digital instruments
  • technology laden: Front Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control and LED headlights all feature
  • more personalisation: 14 body colours and 13 dashpad colours
  • broad range: engines have outputs from 64bhp/48kW to 197bhp/147kW
  • natural gas version for the first time with 88bhp/66kW
  • Trendline, Comfortline, Highline, GTI, and Beats versions (European markets)

2017 Volkswagen New Polo R-Line

Design
Let’s start with the looks. While the overall silhouette and shape is in no doubt similar to the outgoing fifth-generation car, the new five-door only sixth-generation Polo looks a lot sharper and distinctive thanks to more prominent surface detailing. More obvious flared rear shoulders lead into an arrow-shaped line down the side of the car, which Volkswagen calls the ‘tornado line’.

Heavier lower door sculpting also breaks up the visual bulk on the side of the new Polo, while a more complex front bumper design features more structured elements. A bonnet ‘beak’ extends into the front grille, while the headlights cut through the same line as the bumper join, giving them a pointed appearance as they extend rearwards. The twin-grooved bonnet is also a great deal more curved than before.

Due to the more stretched dimensions of the smallest ‘A0’ version of the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Matrix (‘MQB’) platform and wider 1,525mm front and 1,505mm rear tracks, the wheels of the new Polo are pushed further into the corners, which, along with shorter front and rear overhangs, gives it a more dynamic stance.

The wheelbase has increased by 94mm to 2,564mm, while a 4,053mm length sees the sixth-generation car become the largest Polo ever. Width is up 69mm at 1,751mm. Luggage space has increased by an amazing 70 litres – 25 per cent – to 351 litres.

2017 Volkswagen New Polo R-Line

The interior of the new Polo takes recent Volkswagen concept car themes and transfers them to a production model. A horizontal design differs from the current fifth-generation car, and sharp geometric shapes lend a more futuristic appearance, helped by digitised technology. The instruments and touchscreen blend into one another, framed by a new dashpad similar to the smaller Up, which can also be personalised with 13 colours.

The all-new Polo also premieres Volkswagen’s new generation of infotainment systems. Using glass-covered surfaces and more digital operation than before, even the entry-level new Polo gets the Composition Colour infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display as standard. And while not as large as the 9.2-inch version on the recently revised Golf, an 8.0-inch touchscreen will also be available.

The optional new generation of Volkswagen’s Active Info Display digital instruments is a small car first. With more information, a more logical structure, and even more graphic clarity, operation is easier, too, with just one steering wheel-mounted button used to activate different graphic menus.

“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 the Polo the number one compact, and it will remain number one.”

Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen

Engines
A total of nine Euro 6 engines (six petrol, two diesel, and one natural gas) are available for the new Polo. A three-cylinder 64bhp 1.0 TSI kicks off the range allied to a five-speed gearbox. A trio of 1.0 TSI engines with 74, 94 and 113bhp bolster the entry-level unit, while a new 1.5-litre 148bhp ‘Evo’ engine with cylinder deactivation – as seen on the recently-revised Golf 7.5’ also features.

Top of the new Polo tree is a hot 197bhp GTI model – the hottest series production Polo ever if you discount the 2013 Polo R WRC limited edition – which can be had with both a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox. The dual-clutch shifter can also be specified on the 94 and 113bhp 1.0s, as well as the 148bhp 1.5.

In a Polo first (but not for the UK) is a new 1.0-litre TGI natural gas engine. Developing 88bhp with a five-speed gearbox, the Polo TGI can, Volkswagen states, be CO2-neutral, depending on the energy source it is refuelled from. A brace of 1.6-litre diesels with 79 and 94bhp round out the range for now. Both are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, with the more powerful unit available with the seven-speed DSG gearbox, too.

Rumoured electric and hybrid versions of the new car will not appear, Volkswagen citing a lack of market demand and non-recoverable high development costs as the reasons why. Emissions are also thought to be at their lowest in small cars anyway, according to the company.

2017 Volkswagen New Polo R-Line

Trim levels
At launch, Volkswagen is only quoting specifications for continental markets only, so for the UK market, we’ll have to await further details. Going by these first details, though, the range will be very comprehensive.

Trendline
Entry-level Trendline models have LED daytime running lights, a Front Assist area monitoring system with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, as well as 14-inch wheels. In Germany, prices will start at 12,975 euros, and this offers more value than before.

Comfortline

Move up to Comfortline spec, and new sixth-generation Polo drivers gain 15-inch wheels, a Composition Colour infotainment system, Climatic air conditioning, a Driver Alert system, front and rear electric windows, ’knitted velvet’ seat covers (!), and a multi-function steering wheel.

Highline
A Park Distance Control safety system is standard on Highline models, along with white ambient front door and instrument LED back lighting, a leather-covered gear knob and handbrake handle, as well as 15-inch ‘Salou’ alloy wheels.

Beats
Just as with the current car, the Beats model has a 300-watt Beats Audio sound system. There are also 16-inch alloy wheels, black mirror caps, bonnet and roof decals, and ‘Beats’ badges on the B-pillars. Inside a ‘Velvet Red’ dashpad and sport seats add distinctive flourishes, while the 300-watt sound system can be ordered as an option on other models.

GTI
We’re surprised this has been announced from the off, but a new 2.0-litre, 197bhp GTI rounds out the new sixth-generation Polo range. While power isn’t up that much on the current 189bhp model, the car borrows the Golf GTI’s engine and has a standard ‘sport chassis’ as standard.

A ‘Sport Select’ chassis with adjustable dampers will be optional, while a unique front bumper with integrated fog lights, gloss black trim and a lower lip spoiler help the new muscular-looking GTI stand out. Now a modern GTI tradition, the front grille’s red trim is carried though into the headlights, while traditional honeycomb elements and a ‘GTI’ grille badge also feature. 



At the rear, the new power-Polo gets twin chrome tailpipes, LED tail lights, a ‘GTI’ badge, and a high-gloss black rear roof spoiler. Side sill extensions and red brake calipers display the new Polo GTI’s credentials in profile view. Inside there’s the now mandatory ‘Clark’ check upholstery, leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel, black headlining and ‘GTI’ gear knob. When it comes to wheels, 17-inch rims are standard, with 18-inchers an option.

R-Line
An optional R-Line package (the orange car in our pictures) with ’Sebring’ 16-inch alloy wheels, a sports front bumper, a rear diffuser and spoiler, and black sill trims is also available.

Elsewhere, the new Polo is the most personalised Polo ever. A total of 14 exterior colours can be matched to 13 dashpad colours, and twelve wheels (from 14 to 18-inches in size), two interior trims and a total of 11 seat cover designs mean the Polo can be personalised more than ever before.

New high-tech options include wireless smartphone charging, LED headlights, an ‘Air Care Cimatronic’ system with air quality sensor and allergen filter and a panoramic sunroof. A ‘Sport Select’ system adds adjustable dampers, while Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is just one ‘big-car’ option.

Volkswagen is bullish about this new, larger, technology-laden and digital world Polo. Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand, said at the Berlin reveal: ‘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, and it will remain number one.’

We’ll bring you more details of the this exciting new chapter of the Polo’s story as we get them, but this first details point to the most technologically-advanced as well as one of the best-looking Polos to date. UK specifications and overall prices still have to be released, but are predicted to be only slightly more than the current car’s £11,970 starting price. UK order books are expected to open in October, with first deliveries in January 2018.

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