Of course, the next generation Volkswagen Polo, set to premiere soon with production kicking off in June, looks exactly as if someone shrunk the facelifted Golf.
The prototypes are undergoing final tests – they’re so final that camouflage has been deemed redundant – and they’re only hiding parts of the light clusters. The all-new Polo is looking evolutionary once more, with numerous traits taken from the grown-up Golf, and enhanced dimensions. VW’s sixth generation Polo, a major contender in the hot subcompact segment, is expected to premiere in front of the worldwide audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall, but we can bet an online reveal is coming well in advance.
The Polo is in its 42nd year of production and has switched to a new architecture – the smallest version of the MQB flexible group platform – which is also in use already on the Seat Ibiza and will underpin the Skoda Fabia later on as well. There are also updated engines – including the new 1.5 TSI Evo, modified suspension and numerous technical, under the skin enhancements. It will also grow in size but drop in weight compared to the ongoing generation – it’s more dynamic, longer and wider than before. The new dimensions also include wider tracks and longer wheelbase, for better interior space and a significantly enhanced boot.