Based on the MQB platform, the next generation Polo will commence production in March 2016 and could also include an SUV derivative as part of its lineup.
The next generation Volkswgen Polo will commence production in March 2016 for the European markets and while the model is still two years away, new details have emerged on the premium hatchback giving a heads up on what to expect from the next generation version of the hatchback. The seventh generation Polo will be designed by Volkswagen’s design head Klaus Bischoff and will be on the lines of the bigger Golf premium hatchback. The 2016 model is said to be more sportier, edgier and more mature with a distinctive silhouette.
However, the major change will be the use of the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform on the 2016 Volkswagen Polo. Already seen underpinning the bigger cars in Volkswagen Group’s portfolio, the next generation Polo will be the first compact car to be based on the advanced platform (new gen Fabia only uses part of the MQB platform). Hence, the 2016 Polo will be lighter, stronger, more efficient and more fun to drive than the outgoing model. In addition, Volkswagen will also add the all digital instrument cluster seen on the Audi TT and the new generation Passat will trickle down to the Polo. The company can also add features like the Mirror Link system seen on the new Fabia as well as Apple Car Play for enhanced in-car connectivity.
Another interesting possibility is an SUV derivative that would be based on the next generation Polo with increased ground clearance, better seats, larger wheels and a raised height. The Polo based SUV could take cues from the T-Roc concept that was showcased at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Volkswagen could also launch speedster and convertible versions based on the next generation Polo that will be introduced later in the timeline.
Apart from the Polo, Volkswagen will also renew its entire model range including its other models including the Golf and top-end Phaeton sedan. The company also has a range of new SUVs including the Tiguan, Taigun and its corresponding coupe variants scheduled for launch by the end of the decade.
Source – Autobild