Render: 2021 Volkswagen Polo

2021 Vw Polo Render

A rendering showing a potential facelift of the current shape Volkswagen Polo has hit the Internet.

The current iteration of the Volkswagen Polo has been on sale for some time. Officially launched in South Africa back in January 2018, the Volkswagen Polo has been a popular compact hatchback, tallying up more than healthy sales numbers. Globally, the Volkswagen Polo was revealed in the middle of 2017.

With almost 3 years of local market dominance, you can bet Volkswagen has started internal discussions on the facelifted model. Given the fact that Volkswagen's Uitenhage plant churns out Polos for both the local and international markets, the updated Polo is of paramount importance. 

Brazil Automotive has done a render of the Volkswagen Polo and if you, like us, think this looks unusually familiar, you'd be right. The front of the Volkswagen Golf 8 has been superimposed onto the nose of the Polo, and we think it looks great. This new face is not unique to the Golf 8 either and we've seen a variation of this design language on the updated Tiguan SUV. 

What can we expect in the updated Volkswagen Polo? Volkswagen is a firm believer in incremental improvements, so don't expect a major overhaul both in terms of visual design and under the skin changes. We can speculate and suspect there will be updates to the infotainment system, cabin trim as well as revisions to the powertrain in an effort to make them more efficient.

As it stands, Volkswagen SA currently offers the Polo with a few powertrain combinations revolving around the 1.0-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol motor. It's available in 2 states of tune (70 kW and 85 kW) and there's a manual gearbox or dual-clutch auto on offer. For those wanting some firepower, the 2.0-litre Polo GTI is also available, but that's dual-clutch only.  

We reached out to Volkswagen South Africa for a specific timeframe on the mid-life cycle refresh of the locally-built Polo and no confirmations were given. 

Further Reading

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Volkswagen Polo GTI (2018) Specs & Price