It was widely thought that the new design would be larger than previous incarnations to allow for more room in the cabin, and space for passengers in the car’s rear. The new Polo is to be 20 cm longer than its predecessor, with an overall length of about 4.17 metres on the European specification. It’s also expected to weight 70 kg less than the current version.
Buyers will have a choice from a range of both petrol and diesel engines, with the line-up beginning with a 70hp 1.0-litre TSI unit. 1.5-litre TSI three and four cylinder engines with cylinder deactivation will also be available. The 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine will be replaced by a 1.5-litre diesel engine.
It’s reported that the 2018 VW Polo GTI will be powered by a 200hp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, and there will be a plug-in hybrid variant constituted by a three=cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor.
Among a range of new features and changes, there will be adaptive suspension with electric control as an option, a feature usually only offered in more exclusive cars. A digital instrument cluster and a new infotainment system are also expected to feature.
The 2017 VW Polo is expected to make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show (March) and will go on sale the same year.