After long awaited 8 years, the new 2017 Volkswagen Polo has made its debut on June 16, in Berlin. Until 2017, the German compact had only received face lifts and some updates here and there. But in its sixth generation, the VW Polo is a whole new car. To begin with, built on VW’s small vehicle MQB A0 platform, the supermini is bigger and longer, although its height remains the same. Future new versions of the Audi A1 will share the same platform. Straightaway, 9 different engines will equip the new Polo, including the one that will be on the GTI.
Not only the design on the headlights and the chrome strip on the grille are new, the bold rear lights make sure it looks neat and up to date. The Polo GTI still has its traditional seats and the steering wheel has red stitching. When it comes deciding the colour, the driver will have 14 different body paints options and 13 dash colours to choose. The 16-inch alloy wheels completes the package, including 14 to 18-inch alloy wheels as well.
A Pioneer In The Segment
For the first time a digital instrument cluster is available. The new Polo received the newest generation of the Active Info Display, making the model the first one of the Group to receive it, a pioneer in the segment. Also, according to the brand, it’s easier to use and has greater functionality. The infotainment system will be operated on a 6.5 – 8.0-inch glass-encased display. Volkswagen’s App connect is compatible with Android Auto, Apple Car Play and MirrorLink.
The Biggest Polo Ever Made
Despite sitting on a platform designed for small cars, the new Polo grew in size. In other words, this is the largest version ever made with 4,053 mm and 2564 mm of wheelbase, bigger than its predecessors. That means more room in the cabin for the passengers. As a result, the front and rear became shorter. But the boot volume has increased to 351 litres. However, if you compare it to the Golf, then it’s 205 mm shorter.
A New Design
The sixth generation of the Polo still has a clear design, although the splitter and air intake are larger. Not to mention, that the bonnet has been elongated. The new headlights with LED daytime running lights plus the chrome strip on the grille defines the Polo’s new front signature. Coupled with that, the rear looks bold, with new rear lights and the big VW logo on the centre. Inside, the displays and the digital instrument clusters give the Polo a modern look.
Class Leading Safety Features
The safety features includes LED daytime running lights, speed limiter, Pedestrian Monitoring, Front Assist monitoring area with City Emergency Braking. The ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) is available. That can be activated at up to at 124 mph. Lane change system coupled with Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert makes driving more safe. Another new feature for the new 2017 Volkswagen Polo is the option to start and lock the polo engine with Keyless Access.
Throughout the world, 9 different engines will equip the new 2017 Volkswagen Polo. There will be four petrol and two diesels. The range of horsepower extends from 65 HP to 150 HP. And, for the first time ever, the new Polo has a natural petrol engine, the 1.0-liter TGI of 90 HP. All power-trains have regenerative braking mode and start/stop system as standard. By the way, every engine with 93 HP and above can receive the 6 to 7-speed DSG gearbox. Manual transmission hasn’t been forgotten though. The sporty Polo GTI runs with the 2.0-litre with 200 HP.
One Special Editon
In fact, the new 2017 Volkswagen Polo will rival up with the Ford Fiesta. The GTI version will take on Fiesta ST as well. In addition, to the GTI version and the three usual trim lines, there will be a fourth special edition: the Polo Beats with a 300-watt sound system. The newest chapter of the Polo has been opened, and you know all the facts about it. The orders in UK are expecting to start in October, with the prices starting at £11,300 for the entry-level model.
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