The 2016 Volkswagen Polo Release Date Price & Specs
If you are looking for a fun car to drive that does not cost as much as many of its competitors, the 2016 Volkswagen Polo might be what you need. Even though the cost may be lower, the Polo still has a refined cabin and good fuel efficiency.
In the past, the Polo has come under scrutiny for having a premium price tag, without the premium features, such as a good infotainment system. However, the automaker is using this upcoming model to make the needed corrections.
Designed by the company’s chief designer, Klaus Bischoff, elements have been borrowed from the Golf hatchback. The 2016 Polo will be the first compact car that will be based on the MQB platform, and will have a sportier profile. The platform will make the new Polo lighter and stiffer to improve performance and fuel efficiency.
A mystery still surrounds the interior details of the new Polo. According to reliable sources however, the cabin will have an updated instruments cluster, a 5 or 6.5-inch display, rear view camera, a modified centre console that will have the air conditioning system controls, and a 3-spoke steering wheel.
A quality infotainment system with premium sound will also be added to the new Polo. The cabin will seat up to five passengers comfortably with a high quality cloth upholstery as the standard interior. Added safety features will include post collision mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, city emergency breaking, and enhanced airbags and seatbelts.
Likely modern features could include satellite radio, Smartphone integration, Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, USB ports among others.
The exterior of the 2016 Polo will see only minor modifications. The new look will be similar to that of the Volkswagen Tiguan and be constructed of steel and aluminium on the MQB platform.
We are likely to see a longer wheelbase, a flatter roof, and sharply raked windscreen. Rumours indicate two cabin options will be available, a two door and a four door version. The front will see a redesigned grill and modified bumper, while the headlights will be a carry over from the current model. The headlight assembly however, will use LED technology and be mounted higher.
A redesigned bumper will be featured on the new Polo that will have a wider license plate cut-out. Diverse graphics will be featured in the updated tail lights and the hatchback, depending on the selected trim level, will have 15, 16 or 17-inch wheels.
Official details are lacking at this point, but rumours suggest that the 2016 Polo will have five different engine options, three gasoline and two diesels. The suspect options are:
A gasoline 1.0L, 3-cylinder that will generate 110 HP and 129 lb-ft. of torque.
A gasoline 1.4L, 3-cylinder with 150 HP and 184 lb-ft. of torque.
A gasoline 1.8L, 3-cylinder that will put out 185 HP and 184 lb-ft. of torque.
A diesel 1.4L that will create 90 HP.
A diesel 2.0L that will generate between 150 and 180 HP.
Transmission options are the typical manual or automatic systems with front-wheel drive being the standard version. It is suggested that an all-wheel drive option will be available.
Expected Release Date and Price
The latest from Germany is that the Polo will more than likely begin production in Europe around March and will hit the market sometime in the second quarter of 2016. The starting price tag is reported to be in the neighbourhood of $20,000 for a base model. There is no word on what models we will see in the U.S. It is assumed that the more powerful gasoline and diesel models will come to the U.S., while the less powerful models will likely stay on the Europe and India markets.