New generation Volkswagen Polo has received 5-Star rating for Euro NCAP Crash Tests drawing attention to the maximum safety standards being offered in both models. Offered with a total of 6 airbags, electronic stability control and lane assist among its safety features, scored high in adult occupant protection. Polo got a 96 percent rating for adult protection and 85 percent in child protection. In pedestrian safety, Polo received 76 percent score and 59 percent for safety assist systems.
To be offered in five trims of Trendline, Comfortline, Highline, Beats and GTI, the 2018 Volkswagen Polo has made its global presence felt and is slated to launch in India in H2 2018. Longer, wider and with a bigger boot space, the new Polo will be positioned on a MQB A0 platform.
In terms of exterior updates, the new Polo is seen with full LED headlamps and tail lamps, roof spoiler and redesigned front and rear bumpers. It sits on 16” machined alloy wheels and the entire body language spells better fit and finish. New gen Polo now measures 4,035mm in length, 1,751mm width and 1,446mm height. This makes it 81mm longer, 63mm wider and 7mm lower than its earlier counterpart. Wheelbase is 92mm longer than the previous model to stand at 2,564mm and track widths too have been enhanced by 62mm in the front and 49mm at the rear. Boot space is increased by 25% to now stand at 351 liters.
New digital instrument cluster, an 8” infotainment touchscreen system, classic upholstery, and a 300W Beats audio system is seen in its interiors. The 2018 VW Polo is loaded with safety features among which are cruise control, emergency braking, ABS, EBD, traction control, parking assist, anti slip regulation, adaptive damper control, cornering lights and city emergency braking system.
New VW Polo will come in with an array of petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol engine lineup includes a 1.0 liter MPI offering power from 65 bhp to 115 bhp. The 1.0 liter TSI engine produces 95 bhp or 115 bhp and the 1.5 TSI is capable of 150 bhp peak power. A 1.4 liter TSI units is also slated to be offered with the new Polo. Diesel engine options include a 1.6 liter engine with power outputs between 80 bhp to 95 bhp and a 2.0 liter engine capable of 197 bhp.
In India, the new Polo is expected to be launched next year. But, India-spec Polo will not be same as Euro-Spec Polo. To keep costs low, India-spec Polo is expected to be built on a more affordable variant, which will be a redeveloped version of the current Polo’s platform. More details will be revealed closer to India launch.
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