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2018 Volkswagen Polo previewed, June 16 debut confirmed

Volkswagen is previewing the all-new, 2018 Polo for the first time, following plenty of spy shots and speculation.

The 2018 Polo is set to switch to VW’s widely-used MQB A0 platform. With this, we can expect the popular mini to offer more cabin space than ever before.

There’s speak of an increased wheelbase over the outgoing version, which would help to open up the cabin area. Despite the increase in size, MQB A0 will probably help the Polo drop some weight, helping in almost all areas of driving dynamics.

With the MQB it should become a better handling machine too, thanks to increased rigidity and better wheel positioning and suspension geometry. Being stronger may also help to improve overall safety. In a statement, Volkswagen confirms the new model will be “larger, more spacious, more comfortable”. Klaus Bischoff, head of design at Volkswagen brand, said:

“This Volkswagen can immediately be made out as the original of its class, but also as a completely new generation. A Polo with an expressive design which makes the compact sportier, cleaner and unique within the brand range. This is a car that fits in perfectly with our times – both visually and technologically.”

For the range-topping GTI variant there’s been plenty of speak about a 2.0-litre turbo engine coming in. Some say the engine will be the previous Golf GTI unit specifically, which could implant upwards of 150kW into the compact hot hatch. The current model uses a 1.8 turbo, producing 141kW, which itself is an upsize from the previous model and its 1.4 turbo and supercharged unit.

As for the rest of the range we should look to VW’s recent engine announcements surrounding the brand new three-cylinder 1.0-litre gas-compatible turbo. The new engine, labelled 1.0 TGI, develops 66kW and can run on either petrol or CNG (compressed natural gas).

Volkswagen will unveil all on June 16 this Friday. Market entry will take place late this year in some markets.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.