Seventh-Generation Volkswagen Polo Could be Launched in India
A new media report claims that Volkswagen is evaluating the possibility of launching the seventh generation Polo hatchback in the Indian market. While talking to the media, Ashish Gupta, Brand Director, Volkswagen India, said that the company is mulling the prospect of 7th gen Polo.
Volkswagen Polo is currently in its 6th generation in international markets. This model won’t arrive in the Indian market, as it will be around 5-6 years old in 2022-23. The company will launch the 7th generation Polo hatchback in our market. The new model will be based on the MQB-A0 platform, which has been localized (dubbed MQB-A0-IN) for the Kushaq and Taigun compact SUVs.
Unlike the international-spec Polo model, the India-spec new Volkswagen Polo will be sub-4 meter in length to save taxes like its rivals. The global model is slightly longer than the sub-four metre barrier. The new Polo model does require a lot of customization to bring it to the Indian market and to be amenable to the sub-4-metre tax laws here,” commented Gupta. However, he added, “But it is definitely possible, and is an option with the MQB A0 platform.”
The Managing Director of Skoda Auto VW India, Gurpratap Boparai, has hinted that the price point needs to be higher for the previous-gen Polo to be launched in India. This will come as a disappointment in a price-sensitive market like ours, but the prices of premium hatchbacks are on a steady rise. For instance, the new i20’s top-end variant is priced at Rs 11,18000 (ex-showroom), becoming the first premium hatchback to cross the Rs 10,000,00 mark.
Presently, the Volkswagen Polo is priced between Rs 6,01,000 and Rs 9,92,000, similar to the Maruti Baleno, Tata Altroz and Honda Jazz. But with its dated cabin, lack of rear-seat space and age it manages to capture less than 5% of the segment’s market share. In fact, Hyundai has launched 3 iterations of the i20 during the current Polo’s tenure.
The 7th generation Polo model is likely to be priced between Rs 8,00,000 and Rs 12,00,000 (ex-showroom), which is definitely on the pricier side compared to the current Polo model. But if the company manages to justify the higher asking price, it could have a winner on its hand. We expect it to be offered with the current model’s 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine with both manual transmission (MT) and automatic transmission (AT).
The new-gen VW Polo hatchback is currently under development. While there is no official announcement on its India launch timeline, the hatch’s new model is likely to hit our shores sometime in 2022 or 23. It will be the 6th generation Polo, which is already on sale in the global market.