The current generation Volkswagen Polo, its fifth iteration, has been in the global market since 2008. After 8 years, our spy photographers have spotted the all-new model due in the near future.
The heavily camouflaged test cars suggests that the next-generation Polo is not far off from production. Various sources indicate that the sixth-generation Polo will be fully revealed by the fourth quarter of 2017 as a 2018 model. Test cars have also been spotted driving along metropolitan areas, as well as in the desert for extreme weather testing. Despite the disguise, one can see that the Polo's overall silhouette is an evolution from the current model with its raked windshield and its roof line that gently curves towards the rear tailgate.
Once revealed, expect an interpretation of Volkswagen's current design language to be applied for the automaker's B-Segment staple. These include curved wraparound headlights, a slim grill and various bumper designs depending on the model selected. Looking through the cutout for the headlights, it would appear that it will have a similar design as the Golf, perhaps made larger to complement the Polo's subcompact dimensions.
Our spy photographers were also able to capture the Polo GTI out testing on the track. Also heavily camouflaged, the GTI sports larger wheels and brakes, as well as dual exhaust pipes. Expect the Polo GTI to have unique front and rear bumper applications to further separate it from the standard models.
For the next-generation Polo and Polo GTI, it will ride on Volkswagen's latest small car platform. Derived from the MQB platform that underpins the current Golf and Audi A3, this chassis is said to have been extensively modified to suit the B-Segment. Called the A0, this chassis will also serve as the basis for the upcoming Audi A1 and all of VW Group's B-Segment cars.
There is currently no word surrounding the upcoming Polo's engine options. It is more than likely to get a range of gas and turbodiesel powertrains with the Polo GTI getting a turbocharged four cylinder engine.