The all-new sixth generation Volkswagen Polo has been recently unveiled in Berlin, Germany. Know why Indians have to wait to own this new-gen hatch.
If you were planning to buy the all-new sixth generation Volkswagen Polo in India, we have sad news for you. The German Automaker is in no mood to launch this latest and updated hatchback in India very soon. The 2018 VW Polo will be available for sale in European countries, Latin America and China. But the Indians have to wait for a long!
What’s new in 2018 Volkswagen Polo?
The 2018 Volkswagen Polo is based on the MQB platform, which is also shared with Tiguan and the upcoming Passat in India. Volkswagen has tried its best to add all the essential and superb features on this car to make it the best in the segment. It won’t be wrong to call the 2018 VW Polo – a scaled down version of the VW Golf. This hatchback has become bigger and better in every aspect while comparing with its outgoing variant.
Starting from the redesigned sportier and dynamic exterior, digital instrument console, electronically assisted driver kits to the all-new yellow paint variant, the 2018 Volkswagen Polo has got a lot of new and interesting features to talk about. The larger dimensions hint towards increased spacious and comfortable cabin and the bigger boot as well.
The interiors have been added with lots of latest features, the new infotainment system, high-quality and comfortable seats, and a lot of premiumness everywhere. Volkswagen’s MQB platform promises a lot of premiumness, advanced features, latest tech and superb performance. And hence, the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Polo scores full marks in every department.
Why Indians have to wait?
As we mentioned earlier, the 2018 Volkswagen Polo is based on the company’s MQB platform, which allows the engineers to incorporate premiumness and a lot of advanced features on this car. The same platform is being used for many other VW group cars like the recent launch VW Tiguan, Skoda Superb and Skoda Octavia. This platform allows the VW group to save a lot of money in the international market. However, the conditions in India are quite different.
Currently, there are only a few cars built on the MQB platform that are selling in India. These include Audi A3, Audi A4, Skoda Octavia, Skoda Superb, and Volkswagen Tiguan. All of them are either imported or assembles locally. This means that the localization of MQB platform in India is on very low scale, and it won’t make a difference for the cars mentioned above as they belong to different segments.
And it must be noted that the Volkswagen Polo hatchback belongs to the sub-million rupee category, where it competes with the cars like Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20. The localization of the MQB platform would cost a lot to the Volkswagen, and eventually the price tag of the new 2018 VW Polo will get heavier. As a result, the top-end variant of the Polo GT variant may cost more than a mid-sized sedan like Honda City. Adding to the pain, the new dimensions have crossed the 4-metre mark, which would exempt it from the tax benefits in India.
In India, the price tag of a car plays a very crucial role in deciding its future. It not only affects the company’s road presence, sales figures but also projects the brand’s image and reputation in the market. And hence, Volkswagen won’t be in a mood to play a gamble by launching the all-new sixth generation Volkswagen Polo in India very soon. We may expect an all-new or face-lifted Indian version of Polo in 2018. But the international variant of 2018 Polo still has a long time to wait for its launch in India.
What do you think about the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Polo? Do you think Volkswagen should play a gamble by launching it India this year or the next? Share your thoughts, comments and feedback in the section below.