New gen VW Polo to get better interior and more rear legroom

The hatchback will receive latest connectivity features and new engines.

The new generation VW Polo is set to benefit from improved material quality on the inside, latest connectivity features, and a roomier rear bench. The car will aim to stand apart from the hatchback crowd in Europe which includes the Opel Corsa and Ford Fiesta.

The new 2018 Polo is reported to have a wheelbase of 2,560 mm which is 90 mm longer than the current car’s wheelbase.

2017 VW Polo speculative rendering rear

The longer wheelbase would go a long way in easing up more legroom at the rear, thereby making the car more comfortable. The overall length of the hatchback may increase a bit but it would be kept under 4 metres (front and rear overhangs could be shortened).

The 2018 Polo is expected to receive compact 1.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engines in 100 PS and 115 PS tunes. The existing 1.4-litre TSI is expected to be replaced by a new 1.5-litre unit. The 1.6-litre TDI diesel motor which is available in the international markets will also be replaced by a new 1.5-litre TDI unit (likely to be an improved version of the current 1.5-litre unit available in India).

VW Polo All Star at 2016 Geneva
The new gen car’s wheelbase is reported to be stretched by 90 mm compared to the current car pictured here.

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The new VW Polo is expected to make its world premiere sometime next year before going on sale in Europe. We can expect it to make it to India a few months after its international debut. Here, it will be hoping to mount a stronger assault on the Maruti Baleno and Hyundai i20.