2018 Volkswagen Polo spy shots

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Volkswagen’s Polo subcompact is now the oldest model in the German brand’s lineup, with the current, fifth-generation model having made its debut as far back as the 2009 Geneva auto show.

A successor is in the works and has already been spied in sporty GTI form.

Today we have new spy shots of the regular Polo, which misses out on the uprated wheel and brake package and dual-tip exhaust of the GTI.

Though heavily camouflaged, the overall shape doesn’t looking to be changing much compared to the current model shown below. The styling is likely to be evolutionary, too.

One key difference will be size. The wheelbase on the new Polo looks to have been stretched slightly compared to the current model.

This is partially due to the fact that the new Polo rides on the MQB platform found in the current Golf and a few other Volkswagen Group vehicles, albeit the smallest version of the platform. The MQB is flexible enough to spawn everything from this subcompact hatch right up to the mid-size, three-row SUV that VW will start building at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant later this year.

In addition to a larger footprint, the new platform should endow the new Polo with more fuel-efficient powertrains including the possibility of hybrid and all-electric options later in the life cycle. The GTI will likely adopt the 1.8-liter inline-4 recently added to the fifth-gen model. It’s rated at 189 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque but could see a small bump for the new generation.

Look for the debut of the new Polo in the first half of 2017. Unfortunately, we’re not expecting the car in the United States. Instead, we may get a subcompact SUV spinoff that VW is also out testing. The Polo and its SUV spinoff will eventually spawn new Audi A1 and Q1 models, respectively. Unfortunately, these aren’t expected in local showrooms either.

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