Volkswagen has launched a new version of the Polo today, ‘Polo Plus’ at 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. Volkswagen Polo Plus is based on the sixth generation Polo. Compared to the regular Polo, Polo Plus is 11mm less wide and 3mm short. Other dimensions remain the same.
Based on the Euro-spec Polo, it gets all the same features as the Polo, with some add-ons. The headlights are smoked to give it a sporty look, along with the blackened ORVMs and roof. 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, dual-exhausts and LED tail-lamps.
Coming to the interiors it gets a dual tone yellow and black interiors which add to the sportiness. Centre console gets an 8-inch touchscreen unit. It is not compatible with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. It also gets a Beat logo embedded on the B-Pillar, because the car gets music system from Beats which includes 4 speakers and 2 tweeters. But, it does miss out on LED headlight as the global variant. The instrument cluster is the same as the current gen Polo in China, analog clusters with MID in between. Also, it does miss out on the automatic climate control system.
It will come equipped with all the safety equipment as standard, ABS, EBD, ESP, Airbags, rear camera, etc. As of now, this model is exclusive to the Chinese market. In the Chinese market, it will be powered by 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine with a power output of 113 hp and a peak torque of 150 Nm. The engine will come mated to both, a 5-speed manual and also an automatic option.
There are not many chances of Polo Plus to make to India. Though update for current gen Polo might be on the cards. But Volkswagen does have big plans for India according to Volkswagen Group’s India 2.0 plan. Localization of the latest gen Polo platform, and a locally assembled new 1.0-litre TSI engine, which will be used in upcoming cars. This new engine is BS-VI compliant hence meeting the emission norms. It produces 94hp and a higher 115hp of power. This new engine will be efficient as well as powerful. It will replace the 1.6 MPI and the 1.2 TSI engine.
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