The fifth-generation Volkswagen Polo is due to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March according to several European news sources.
According to Wheels24 information, VW South Africa is already gearing up its Uitenhage plant in the Eastern Cape, to produce the newcomer. However, local introduction of the new Polo might only happen early in 2010.
Based on the same PQ25 small car platform that underpins the newest SEAT Ibiza, the new Polo will feature a range of new engines, more interior space and a modern look.
In terms of design the new Polo draws on the next Golf and Scirocco, dropping the large chrome grille seen on recent VWs for a cleaner design with twin horizontal air intakes and angled headlights. It’s a simpler look all-round, with uncluttered flanks, neat tail-lamps and a purposeful stance.
A range of new engines includes hi-tech, low-emission diesels and turbo petrol powerplants.
And Auto Express reports that the range-topping GTI version, which is due in 2010, is not to be a softy this time around.
VW will equip its baby GTI with the company’s turbocharged and supercharged 1.4 litre engine giving the hottest Polo 133kW and 250Nm, while a six-speed manual is expected to be standard equipment. A seven-speed DSG gearbox is on the cards too.