Berlin - Volkswagen has debuted its new Polo at a event in Germany.
The Polo sports an entirely new exterior design, more spacious interior, new cockpit and the addition of a TGI (natural gas) engine. Another first, borrowed from its Golf sibling, is its new digital instrument display.
The new model also coincides with launch of the sportiest version yet - the 2017 Polo GTI.
Klaus Bischoff, head of design of Volkswagen, explains: "This Volkswagen can immediately be made out as the original of its class, but also as a completely new generation. A Polo with an expressive design which makes the compact sportier, cleaner and unique within the brand range. This is a car that fits in perfectly with our times – both visually and technologically."
Key facts of the new Polo:
1 Largest yet - 4053mm long, 94mm longer wheelbase.
2 Boot volume grew 25% to 351 litres.
3 Golf features in Polo - park assist, Blind Spot Detection, ACC and LED headlights.
4 First Polo with digital instruments - second-generation Active Info Display.
5 New exterior design, assertive front end.
6 Trendline, Comfortline, Highline, GTI, Beats and lifestyle packages.
7 14 body colours and 13 dashpad colours
8 Engines have outputs from 48kW to 147kW
9 New Polo engine: TGI (natural gas) with 66kW
10 Use Modular transverse matrix or MQB platform.
The new Polo will be sold later in Europe in 2017 with nine Euro-6 engines. The power range at market launch - 48kW to 110kW. For the first time, the Polo is available with a natural gas engine; the newly developed 1.0 TGI with an output of 66kW. Four petrol and two diesel engines are also available.
1.0 TGI with 66kW 5-speed gearbox
1.0 MPI with 48kW 5-speed gearbox
1.0 MPI with 55kW 5-speed gearbox
1.0 TSI with 70kW 5-speed gearbox/7-speed DSG
1.0 TSI with 85kW 6-speed gearbox/7-speed DSG
1.5 TSI with 110kW 6-speed gearbox/7-speed DSG
2.0 TSI with 147kW 6-speed gearbox/7-speed DSG
1.6 TDI with 59kW 5-speed gearbox
1.6 TDI with 70kW 5-speed gearbox/7-speed DSG
Much more interior space
The sixth generation Polo has grown, making it larger than its predecessor in all of its dimensions. This has resulted in significantly increased boot volume - from 280 to 351 litres.
The new Polo, with its length of 4m, is slightly shorter than the fourth- generation Golf, but it surpasses that Golf when it comes to its wheelbase (53mm longer) and space for the driver, passengers and luggage (21 litres more).
Key dimensions in comparison: