The 2018 Volkswagen Polo, the sixth generation of Volkswagen’s long lasting subcompact has just debuted earlier this month. The new model comes with a full, all encompassing revamp, which includes major changes under the skin, as well as some more subtle changes to the exterior and interior design.
Exterior and Interior
The new 2018 Volkswagen Polo features an evolutionary design which manages to maintain its traditional GTI style cues. Brand-new features include a set of 17-inch wheels as well as sporty new bumpers. The platform supporting the new Polo is the smallest possible version of the ultra-adaptable MQB platform, which currently underpins everything from this subcompacts to mid-size SUV’s like the three-row Atlas. As a result the brand-new Polo has grown in size. Now it stands at record breaking 159 inches in length. It also has a 3.7-inches longer wheelbase (100 inches) and 25 percent more trunk space (12.4 cubic feet).
Inside, the new 2018 Volkswagen Polo features the familiar Clark tartan pattern on the seats and a classy, clean interior with a lot of customizable options. From the high-tech standpoint, Kia lends its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration system, as well as their popular infotainment system with a corresponding touchscreen. Some of the new safety features and electronic driver aids include the adaptive cruise control, collision warning, automatic braking, blind spot warning and lane departure warning, as well as rear cross traffic warning.
Engine and Powertrain
The new Polo will, as always, be offered with a bevy on engine options, the smallest of which will be the 1.0-liter mill. There will also be a natural gas engine variant that will be available, as well as a diesel option. In this case, it will be a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that will come with two output levels. Alongside the regular new Polo, Volkswagen premiered their new sporty, performance-oriented model, the Polo GTI. It will come with the familiar turbocharged inline-4, which now offers a displacement of 2.0 liters instead of the 1.8. This engine is capable of producing up to 197 horsepower, 8 ponies more than the outgoing model’s 189 horsepower. The Polo will still come only with the front-wheel drive, as well as a 6-speed manual transmission. However, there will be a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission also available.
2018 Volkswagen Polo Release Date and Price
The 2018 Volkswagen Polo is scheduled for a showcase at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, where we will be able to catch a first glimpse of the new model. The Polo’s release on the European market will follow the September Frankfurt debut. Unfortunately, the US market will need to settle for the new Volkswagen compact SUV, since the company says they aren’t planning on releasing it Stateside. As for the prices, they aren’t expected to shift from the current 11.000 – 15.000 euro range.
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