Previewed in a series of sketches earlier this month, Volkswagen has unveiled the Russian market Polo Sedan due to go on sale later this year.
A departure from not only the current model but also the Virtus sold in Latin America, the Polo takes styling inspiration from the Jetta and North American-spec Passat, but instead rates as a reskinned version of the Skoda Rapid sold in Europe since 2012.
Styled with a liftback appearance, the Sedan is based on the old PQ25 platform instead of the more modern MQB A0 in order to save costs, with dimensions of 4 483 mm in overall length, a wheelbase of 2 602 mm, height of 1 484 mm and width of 1 706 mm. Boot space is rated at 550-litres.
In spite of its underpinnings, the interior not only derives touches from the Rapid but also the Volkswagen T-Cross such as the steering wheel and the touchscreen infotainment system that can be specified in two sizes; the basic 6.5-inch and the top-range 8.25-inch. Optional is the 102.5-inch Active Info Display digital instrument cluster.
Specification-wise, the Polo Sedan will be offered in four trim levels; Origin, Respect, Status and Exclusive with notable equipment consisting of LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors plus a reverse camera, a chrome faux diffuser, 15 or 16-inch alloy wheels, rain sense wipers and chrome window surrounds.
Underneath the bonnet, Volkswagen will offer a choice of two petrol engines; a normally aspirated 1.6 pumping out 66 kW or 81 kW and a 1.4 TSI that produces 92 kW. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on both 1.6-litre models with the latter having the option of a six-speed Tiptronic. Like the Virtus, the 1.4 TSI is paired solely to a self-shifter, which in this case is a seven-speed DSG.
Being exclusive to Russia as mentioned, the Polo Sedan is not forecasted to arrive in South Africa anytime soon as a replacement for the current model.