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2021 Volkswagen Polo hatchback spotted testing abroad

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Volkswagen is planning to introduce the new generation Polo hatchback. While the Polo in India is a decade old design, the brand has not updated the Polo in the international market since 2017. Now, a test mule which appears to be the next-generation Polo has been spotted in the open leading to speculations that the brand will be introducing the model soon. The brand is also expected to tweak the powertrain on the international Polo which will allow the brand to adhere to future emission restrictions as well. 

The new Volkswagen Polo is expected to come with refreshed front and rear-end design with reworked headlamps, a new radiator grille, tweaked bumpers, new taillamps but a similar overall silhouette. The interiors of the car have not been spied yet but the brand is likely to refresh the dashboard and add more equipment as well as update the infotainment system with the latest generation technology. 

The new Volkswagen Polo underpinned by the MQB platform is expected to come with a mild-hybrid powertrain that will enable the brand to keep up with the future emission standards that may require powertrain electrification. Earlier it was revealed that the MQB platform is capable of electrified powertrains and it shouldn’t be difficult for engineers to trickle down the eTSI technology that is offered on the Volkswagen Golf. The ETSI powertrain along with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) will help the brand lower emissions, improve efficiency and maximise the performance of the car. 

In the Indian market, the brand has been using the same old design for close to a decade now and is expected to bring the new generation Polo soon to the Indian streets. But the brand has not confirmed any development that is meant to happen for the Indian market and we expect that the same Polo in a new avatar will continue to traverse Indian street at least in the near future.