The latter had no link to the prototype and was just a customer car that happened to be on the road when the prototype was coming through. Fortunately, our friends at SB-Medien had their cameras ready and captured the frame for posterity.
Concerning the prototypes visible in the gallery, it is easy to discover which is which. At first, the two cars may appear to be two identical Polo models, but a set of wheels differentiates them, and the GTI model has bigger brake discs and red calipers.
As we have previously noticed, the GTI model is fitted with 18-inch wheels that were also available on the Mk V Volkswagen Golf GTI. We are referring to the “Detroit” rims, which are very popular in the Mk 5 Golf GTI community.
Those that had followed this subject already know that the Volkswagen Polo’s next generation will be built on the MQB A0 platform, which is expected to be shared with the 2018 Audi A1.
The MQB A0 underpinnings will allow Volkswagen to fit more technology in the Polo, as well as streamlining its supply chain and the production line with only the latest items it developed.
The 2017 Polo will grow, especially in wheelbase, and will have an interior and a trunk that will provide more space. At the same time, weight is expected to remain at the same level, but there is a possibility that the next Polo will be lighter than the current generation.
Since the German supermini will get bigger, weight savings brought by the modular platform might be overridden by the larger body shell.