New 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI revealed

Alain Brian
Juin 19, 2017

The all-new Volkswagen Polo that was unveiled last week has been garnering all the attention on the web.

Reading between the lines, the Polo isn't lucrative for Volkswagen Group of America, especially not against the likes of the Kia Rio hatchback, Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, and the Ford Fiesta. Based on the new A0 platform, this auto is bigger and roomier, and has more efficient engines.

Perhaps the most noticeable change comes in the interior, where Volkswagen has moved away from the sombre and formal look of the current generation by using a door-to-door decor panel across the dash that can be colour-matched in a variety of finishes.

Looking very grown up and similar to the latest Golf, the new Polo features a range of smart features including a state-of-the-art digital cockpit.

Connectivity includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink compatibility and the vehicle can be specified with a wireless phone charger.

Safety systems have also been boosted with available safety tech including adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, blind spot monitoring and rear traffic alert, and semi automated self-parking optionally available.

Some four inches longer than the current model and three inches wide the latest Polo is five-door only, roomier inside and has a boot capacity up 25 per cent to 351 litres - nearly as much as the Golf and significantly more than the current Ford Fiesta.

Those engines include a 48kW 1.0 litre petrol, a 1.0 litre natural gas engine, and the sporty Polo GTI will boast a 147kW output.

It'll also feature 17-inch or optional 18-inch wheels, a different body kit with lip spoilers and sill extensions, the iconic red stripe across the grille and, of course, GTI badges to separate it from the masses.

Further details of the new Polo are expected before its European sales debut before the end of 2017 with Australian sales most likely to begin in early 2018.

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