Volkswagen Polo And Polo GTI Unveiled Overseas

Pablo Tucker
June 20, 2017

This translates to a more spacious cabin as well as a 25 percent larger boot space. The decision to use the MQB platform was also meant to make room for technology advancements and to trim down engineering costs.

Excitingly for performance fans, the new GTI model arrives straight away at launch and comes with a mind-boggling 147kW from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.

It is also wider (+71mm), has a longer wheelbase (+94mm), and wider track front (+62mm) and rear (+49mm). At the same time, the height has decreased slightly by 7 mm at 1,446 mm.

The new Polo is available in five trim grades: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and a new Beats variant as well as the range-topping Polo GTI model. It has more distinct panel edges now and looks a bit refined.

European drivers will have a choice of petrol engines ranging from a 48kW 1.0-litre three-cylinder up to a 110kW 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder, or a pair of 1.6-litre turbo diesels with 59kW and 70kW respectively. The 1.5-litre TSI motor gets cylinder-deactivation technology for improved efficiency. The compact auto also offers eight other engines options.

Volkswagen has ripped the covers off its sixth-generation Polo hatch ahead of an Australian launch in the first quarter of next year, bringing updated styling, additional technological features and increased dimensions to the German light vehicle.

Furthermore, the 2018 Volkswagen Polo offers the optional keyless entry feature, which is the first time in this model.

Safety systems have also been boosted with available safety tech including adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, blind spot monitoring and rear traffic alert, and semi automated self-parking optionally available. Highlights on the outside include a new headlight design with LED DRLs offered as standard across the range, single-slat grille, wide air-dam, heavily sculpted body, 14- to 18-inch wheels and new LED tail lamps.

Volkswagen is joining the personalisation party a few years late, but is enthusiastic about the opportunities afforded by 14 exterior colours, 12 wheels, 13 different dashboard decorations, two interior trim options and 11 different seat covers.

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