The Volkswagen Polo is to be updated with a range of new technologies and engines, along with a makeover inside and out. The latest iteration of Volkswagen’s supermini which will feature these changes is due for launch this summer.
Exterior changes include more precise lines on the redesigned front bumper and grille, with a chrome line that separates the front fog lights. Optional LED headlights are a first in this class. At the rear there are new lights and a new bumper, while five new alloy wheel designs complete the look.
Other key changes include a range of technology features that will be familiar to drivers of the latest Golf, as Volkswagen continues to ‘democratise’ technology that it says helps improve safety, practicality, comfort and also efficiency.
All new Polos will be equipped as standard with an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision to reduce kinetic energy and thus minimise the chance or consequences of a second impact. Options include a Driver Alert System and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Automatic Cruise Control.
As well as a new electro-mechanical steering system, a new optional Sport Select suspension system will be offered, using electronically controlled dampers to switch between two suspension settings.
Under the bonnet, the revised Polo will feature a range of new EU6-compliant engines offering fuel efficiency improvements of up to 21 per cent over the old units according to Volkswagen.
New three- and four-cylinder petrol engines lead the changes. There are two 1.0-litre MPI units, with 60 or 75 PS and two 1.2-litre four-cylinder TSI engines with 90 or 110 PS. As before, a 1.4-litre TSI engine with cylinder deactivation (ACT) will be available, this time with power increased by 10 PS to 150 PS. A range-topping Polo GTI with increased power will be available next year.
In the UK, the diesel-powered Polo BlueMotion is to be replaced with a new petrol-powered Polo BlueMotion TSI, which returns a claimed 68.9 mpg on the combined cycle and emits 94 g/km of CO2. It uses a new turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine that produces 90 PS.
Diesel power is provided for by two new three-cylinder 1.4-litre TDI engines (previously these were 1.2 and 1.6 litres), with 75 and 90 PS.
Inside, the driver faces wholly redesigned instruments and a new steering wheel, while a refreshed centre console incorporates new heating and ventilation controls.
Volkswagen’s modular infotainment system, familiar to Golf drivers, is also being introduced across the Polo range. This touchscreen system includes a proximity sensor and a function that reacts to wiping movements by the fingers (as used on smartphones).
The new Polo is expected to become available in the UK in late July.