Following the launch of the new Volkswagen Polo hatchback in Australia, the sedan variant has been officially unveiled today in Moscow.

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Volkswagen has built the Polo initially just for the Russian market with the new sedan being produced on a new assembly line at the German company's plant in Kaluga (western Russia).

It's powered by a 1.6-litre 77 kW unit that can be coupled to either a 5-gear manual gearbox or a 6-gear automatic gearbox (Tiptronic).

The reason for the Polo sedan is the Russian's general dislike of all things hatchback. The vehicle is currently only being produced in left-hand drive so it will be unlikely that we will see a sedan variant in Australia in the near future (Volkswagen Australia has been contacted for comment - will update once we hear back).

Have a look at our previous computer renderings of the Polo Sedan. The real deal looks very similar!

It will retail in Russia for just a tad over 10,000 euro ($14,600).