A car that could well be the new Volkswagen Polo has been photographed completely undisguised in South Africa.
Up front, the new Polo features a conservative face that’s heavily inspired by the larger Golf. The flanks have sharper detailing, especially around the shoulder line.
At the rear, the new car evolves the nameplate’s tail-light and tailgate shape, but once again features a slightly harder edge to it.
If the new Polo looks wider than today’s car, that’s largely down to the fact that it’s riding on the MQB-A0 platform, the smallest, but still rather wide, variant of the Volkswagen Group’s component kit for front- and all-wheel drive vehicles with a transverse engine.
To improve interior space and comfort, the new Polo will be longer and wider than today’s car. Some reports suggest that overall length could grow by up to 200mm and rival that of the fourth-generation Golf.
A report in Autocar suggests that the new Polo will feature two mainstream turbocharged petrol engines: a 1.0-litre three-cylinder, and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder, shared with the Golf. Depending on trim, power for these engines should go from 47kW through to 110kW.
The company’s 1.6-litre turbo-diesel will be offered various states of tune, ranging from 59kW to 81kW.
If the British publication is on the money, the next-generation Polo GTI will use a 2.0-litre turbo tuned to deliver around 150kW of power.
Volkswagen Australia has confirmed to CarAdvice that the next-generation Volkswagen Polo will make its debut in June, but the new hatch won’t go on sale locally until early 2018.