We speculate on how the next Volkswagen Polo could move further upmarket
The new Polo is coming at last. Volkswagen is busy working on its response to the upcoming all-new Ford Fiesta supermini, which is expected to debut before the year’s end. This sixth-generation model will come to replace an ageing car that has been around since in 2009. While Volkswagen tradition dictates it will play it safe with an evolutionary appearance on the outside, there's likely to be a more high-tech approach for the cabin.
The attached speculative render tries to see into the future of the supermini, of which spy shots suggest will grow in size to enable a more spacious interior. It’s highly unlikely that you will be blown away by the styling of the new Polo, but even so, previous generations of the B-segment model have shown that even a conservative design can bring in the sales as long as everything else lives up to the customer’s expectations.
The Polo VI will be the second car (after the new SEAT Ibiza) to ride on the Volkswagen’s Group shortest version of the flexible MQB platform. It should enable a healthy weight loss despite the supermini’s increased footprint. The hotter GTI model will probably arrive early in the lifecycle; it has already been spotted by the spy camera undergoing testing. Ford has done the same thing with the new three-cylinder Fiesta ST, so it makes sense that VW wants to have the spicy version in its showrooms probably only a few months after the regular model’s launch.
While the Blue Oval has a pseudo crossover version of the supermini called 'Fiesta Active', VW will actually have full-blown Polo crossover, much like the aforementioned SEAT Ibiza will spawn an Arona subcompact crossover before the year’s end. The yet-unnamed high-riding Polo has already been photographed while testing, and we have tried to imagine what was hiding beneath the prototype’s disguise:
The new flagship Arteon will undoubtedly be VW’s star at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show, so expect the next Polo to debut most likely in the second half of the year. The folks from Wolfsburg could decide to unveil their new supermini in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.