Looking roughly as big as a Golf IV, the all-new Polo is going to be significantly larger than the current fifth generation which has been on sale since 2009. Our spies were at the right place at the right time to capture on film a disguised prototype of the new supermini while undergoing testing ahead of next year’s launch. That being said, the camouflaged car appears to be the spicy GTI version which will likely come in 2018.
The dual exhaust tips along with large alloy wheels backed by beefy brake calipers are all signs of the performance version, one that might eschew the 192-hp 1.8 TSI of the current Polo GTI to make room for the group’s 2.0 TSI. It seems VAG is slowly retiring its trusty 1.8-liter turbo unit taking into account the facelifted A3 has made the switch to the newer 2.0 TSI. In addition, the SEAT Ateca and VW Tiguan also have the larger engine, as will the forthcoming Skoda Kodiaq seven-seat SUV. Chances are the regular versions of the facelifted Leon and Golf due to arrive before the year’s end will also come with the 2.0 TSI.
Getting back to the Polo, the jump in size probably won’t make the supermini heavier taking into account the car is going to ride on the flexible MQB platform. It will use an assortment of three- and four-cylinder engines, all of which will be turbocharged. Depending on selection, VW will sell the new Polo with a manual transmission and a dual-clutch gearbox (DSG).
Beyond the usual Polo models you’ve come to expect, the range will be extended to include a first-ever crossover which likely won’t be launched concomitantly with the regular model. That means it should be ready to hit the market in 2018 and will obviously cost more than the hatchback.