Volkswagen’s Polo supermini is reportedly going to move up one generation in 2017, sitting on a new technical platform.
The current mini Polo is on the market since 2009 and it only has one year left until the sixth generation will arrive. According to L’Automobile Magazine, the forthcoming model will not bring a major shift in terms of design, with only a few minor updates, such as a new bumper, headlights, side mirrors and slightly modified body panels. As there is not much demand in this segment for a tree-door model, the 2018 Polo will likely emerge with only on a five-door from sitting on a modified version of the MQB modular platform.
What will be more interesting to see is what this mini platform will further spawn, considering the fact that Volkswagen ultimately aims to seize the crossover boom by developing a Polo-based high-rider to compete with models such as Renault Captur. The German automaker previewed earlier this year such an idea, through the T-Cross Breeze concept displayed in March at the Geneva auto show. The powertrains will probably range from the small turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol up to the newly announced 1.5 four-cylinder unit.
The T-Cross Breeze was showcased with the 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine bringing 110 horsepower (81 kilowatts) and 129 pound-feet (175 Newton meters) of torque, mated to the front axle via a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission.