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a 1.6-litre TDI with ei­ther 59kW or 70kW.

Higher out­put en­gines are avail­able with a choice be­tween six-speed man­ual and seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gear­boxes while hum­bler Po­los come with a fivespeed man­ual only.

The South African en­gine range has yet to be con­firmed, but it’s un­likely we’ll get the nor­mally as­pi­rated 1-litre, while the main­stay of the range will al­most cer­tainly be the 1.0 TSI.

And that’s not all folks! VW has also re­vealed the GTI ver­sion of the new Polo and it comes with a 147kW ver­sion of the 2-litre TSI tur­bopetrol that will be fa­mil­iar to Golf GTI own­ers. This re­places the 141kW 1.8 TSI that pow­ers the cur­rent Polo GTI.

As be­fore, the flag­ship gets a GTI-spe­cific styling kit which in­cludes 17-inch al­loys, a red-striped hon­ey­comb grille, large rear spoiler, dif­fuser and twin tail pipes. LED head­lights are op­tional.

Stiffer sport sus­pen­sion is stan­dard, while buy­ers can opt for the Sport Se­lect chas­sis fea­tur­ing adap­tive dampers.

As with the facelifted Golf 7, the new Polo has a highly digi­tised cabin. Not only will it be of­fered with VW’s Ac­tive Info Dis­play, but it ac­tu­ally gets a brand new ver­sion of the digital in­stru­ment clus­ter, which is said to be clearer and eas­ier to op­er­ate. This Polo will also of­fer the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems, rang­ing in size from 16.5cm to 20.3cm.

The new model of­fers wire­less smart­phone charg­ing and there’s a wide range of driver as­sis­tance sys­tems on of­fer in­clud­ing the lat­est-gen­er­a­tion ac­tive cruise con­trol, now fea­tur­ing a Stop & Go traf­fic func­tion, as well as Rear Traf­fic Alert and an im­proved semi-au­to­mated Park As­sist sys­tem.

A Front As­sist area mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem with City Emer­gency Brak­ing and Pedes­trian Mon­i­tor­ing is also stan­dard across the range, in Europe at least.

South African pric­ing and specs will be di­vulged closer to launch next year.

High tech cabin in­cludes a digital in­stru­ment clus­ter and a touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem.

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