We are just months away from the global unveiling of the sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo. Now, it appears that the new Polo, believed to be a pre-production unit, was photographed completely bare in South Africa, where it is being produced.

The new Polo greatly resembles the facelifted Golf, with design bits such as the sculpted bonnet and side flanks. The redesigned headlights and straight-cut tailgate really elevate the look of this hatch as well. It also sits atop the MQB platform, and represents the smallest model to ever receive the modular chassis. With that, dimensions have grown exponentially, most notably its cabin.

Exclusive info from AutoCar UK revealed some interesting bits about the sixth-generation Polo. Two petrol engines will be offered – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder. The dieselgate scandal has caused Volkswagen to scale down on their diesel offerings, which is why only the revamped 1.6-litre four-cylinder oil burner is offered. Of course, the hot Polo GTI is among the cards, but there are no plans for a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) variant as yet.

Cabin design will receive quite the overhaul as well, featuring what’s believed to be a digital instrument cluster – perhaps the first in its class as well. It can be had in a three or five-door hatch configuration, with the sedan variant set for this part of the world in the coming years.

The sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo will be unveiled during the Frankfurt motor show later in September. It will most likely come to Malaysia next year and be assembled in Volkswagen Passenger Car Malaysia’s production facility in Pekan, Pahang.

Source: Cars.co.za & AutoCar UK