Its been two years since the Volkswagen Polo in its sixth generation was launched globally. Unfortunately, India still persists with the fifth-gen car. Low sales numbers as well as the cost of updating to an all-new platform is cited as one of the reasons why we don’t get the car here. However, that may change soon. In a recent conversation with CarandBike, VW India chief, Steffen Knapp said that the new-gen Volkswagen Polo will come here. He said that work is in process to localise it so that it turns out to be cost effective. The new-gen Volkswagen Polo is built on the MQB-A0 platform. For this certain local components have to be factored in.
What’s different in the new-gen Volkswagen Polo?
The Polo for one, is bigger than the car that we get here. In the sense, it is not a sub-4m unit and may not get the same tax benefits. VW has to shorten the car for use in India. However, the MQB-A0 platform means that the Polo now has more leg space at the rear. If you own a current-gen Polo in India, you will pretty much know that the vehicle is a bit cramped at the back. Moreover, the boot space too isn’t that great. This is one of the reasons why the Polo lost to other premium hatchbacks like the Elite i20, Maruti Baleno and the Honda Jazz. Moreover, the engines are different than what we have here.
Volkswagen will have to do heavy localisation to bring in profits and ensure a competitive price. Moreover, the BS-VI compliant engines could also do with some more power, especially the petrol. The turbo-ed petrol in the meanwhile makes adequate power and gets a 7-speed DSG too. VW’s 1.5-litre diesel engine is decently refined as well as powerful. Volkswagen also needs to take care of its aftersales, something which is being addressed in the India 2.0 program.
The new-gen Volkswagen Polo may be shown as a concept at the 2020 Auto Expo.