The Volkswagen Polo is a fun car to drive. It is fuel efficient and comes with a more refined cabin than some other models which cost much more. Volkswagen has managed to hook up the hatchback with a mature and sophisticated character.
However, the current 5th generation of the car has been criticized from some quarters as carrying a premium price and lacking a quality infotainment system, features the automaker is set to correct in the upcoming model.
The new model is designed by the automakers chief designer Klaus Bischoff. Bischoff has borrowed the design cues of the Golf hatchback which is doing well in the market. The 2016 Volkswagen Polo will have a sportier and edgier profile and will be the first compact car to be based on the MQB platform. With this platform, the Polo will be stiffer and lighter making it more fuel efficient as well as improve its performance.
2016 Volkswagen Polo Exterior
The exterior design of the new Polo will receive only minor updates. The new vehicle takes the look of the VW Tiguan. As said earlier it will be based on the MQB platform and its structure will be constructed with steel and aluminum.
The vehicle is likely to have a longer wheelbase, a steeply raked windscreen and a flatter roof. According to rumors, the vehicle will be availed in two cabin styles one with 2 doors and the other with 4 doors. The front fascia will have a modified bumper and a redesigned grille. The headlights design of the current model will be carried over; however, the headlight housings will be mounted higher and will utilize LED technology.
At the back, the Polo will get a redesigned bumper featuring a wider cutout for the license plate. Its taillights will also be updated and will feature diverse graphics. Depending on the trim level, the hatchback will ride on either 15, 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels.
2016 Volkswagen Polo Interior
Interior specs are still a mystery. However, according to our credible sources, we understand that the cabin will feature a 3-spoke steering wheel, an updated instruments cluster; modified center console with controls for the air conditioning system, a 5-inch or 6.5 inch display and a rear view camera.
The automaker will also feature a quality infotainment system which is what the current model lacks as well as a premium sound system. The cabin will accommodate five passengers and quality cloth will make the standard interior upholstery. For safety, the vehicle will feature adaptive cruise control, post collision mitigation system, and city emergency braking as well as enhanced seatbelts and airbags.
Other likely features include Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, satellite radio, HD radio, Smartphone integration among others. Check back for more updates.
We don’t have official details on the drive-trains as of this writing. However, we understand that the 2016 VW Polo will feature 5 different engine options. It will have 3 petrol engines and 2 diesel ones.
The first engine on the base model will be a 1.0 L,3-cylinder capable of 110 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque.
The second petrol engine will be a 1.4 L 3-cylinder unit good for 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
The last petrol engine is a 1.8L 3-cylinder good for 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
Switching to diesel engines, the first unit will be a 1.4L good for 90 hp while the second engine is a 2.0 L tuned to produce between 150 and 180 hp. The engines will be paired to either manual or automatic transmission systems and power will be channeled to front wheels as standard but there is an option for all wheels drive.
Price and release date
Reports from Germany indicate that the Polo hatchback will begin production in March in Europe and will go on sale in the second quarter of 2016. As for the price, the Polo will start MSRP at around $ 20,000 for the base model.
It is not clear which engines will be offered in the US but my bet is the more powerful petrol and diesel engines while the less powerful are likely to be offered in Europe and India.
Competition in this segment is ever rising; the 2016 Volkswagen Polo will face competition from the new models of Renault Clio, Mazda 2, Toyota Yaris and Skoda Fabia among others.