Polo Swings with the Golf Club

The pop­u­lar Polo makes the move to the MQB plat­form, grows, and be­comes even more mod­ern for 2018

Car India - - BUL­LETIN -

SMALL IS THE NEW BIG. EVERY MAN­U­FAC­TURER IS TRY­ING to do more with less, and while en­gines are be­com­ing smaller and more pow­er­ful, cars them­selves seem to be grow­ing in size and be­com­ing prepped to take on more chal­lenges.

With the move to the Mo­du­lar Trans­verse Ma­trix (Mo­du­larer Quer­baukas­ten in Ger­man, or MQB) plat­form, the Polo not only gains ma­jor ex­pan­sion op­tions (lit­er­ally) in terms of a parts bin that serves some of the most pop­u­lar car mod­els, but also marks it out as an even higher qual­ity of­fer­ing. No com­pact hatch­back can boast of sib­lings on its plat­form like the Polo can.

What that boils down to is this: the Polo is larger, more stylish, spa­cious, and ad­vanced, pack­ing even more mod­ern safety, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and en­ter­tain­ment tech­nol­ogy. Size-wise, it’s now 4,053 mil­lime­tres long, 1,751 mm wide, and 1,446 mm tall, run­ning a 2,564-mm wheel­base. That means more cabin space and a larger 351-litre boot. The con­tem­po­rary and mas­cu­line front, com­plete with op­tional full-LED head­lamps, flows into a curvier ‘tor­nado’ dou­ble-line side pro­file with wheel-wells that can hold as much as 18-inch­ers.

In­side, there’s a vast im­prove­ment in cabin room, with a 6.5-inch or 8.0-inch touch­screen dis­play tak­ing cen­tre-stage. An op­tional panoramic roof is also on the cards, and opens wider than be­fore, adding to the airy feel of the cabin. As many as 14 colour choices will be of­fered, at least in­ter­na­tion­ally. Pow­er­ing the car will be a slew of new petrol en­gines ( see

box), with the diesel op­tions in In­dia likely to be the fa­mil­iar 1.5 pair. The 1.5 TSI EVO, a petrol run­ning the Miller cy­cle, al­lows for 150 PS as well as a coast­ing func­tion that saves 0.4 litres/100 km, which can po­ten­tially save a full litre per 100 km when paired to a more ef­fi­ciency-fo­cused driver. Man­ual and DSG au­to­matic trans­mis­sions are also on of­fer. All com­bi­na­tions are front-wheel driven and there’s no men­tion of 4MO­TION for ei­ther driv­e­line yet. Hy­brid mod­els are in the off­ing as well.

The new Polo com­ing to In­dia would de­pend en­tirely on when VW can mi­grate to the MQB plat­form at their fa­cil­ity at Chakan, near Pune. The num­ber of mod­els on the MQB plat­form sold in In­dia is in dou­ble-digit fig­ures, span­ning three brands — VW, Škoda and Audi — and sev­eral body-styles. The Polo won’t qual­ify for the ex­cise duty ben­e­fits for ‘small cars’ in In­dia if it re­tains its 4,053-mm length. Let’s see how it goes down.

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