Volkswagen Malaysia's entry-level car is the VW Polo hatchback. The current Polo with a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine and 6-speed conventional automatic has been on sale at RM 74,990 in Malaysia since 2014. Though Volkswagen has introduced several special-edition Polos, the company has not given the hatchback a major update since 2015 with only a few running changes in between. The 2018 Volkswagen Polo goes up against other B-segment hatchback rivals like the Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris.
As the Volkswagen Polo has been discontinued in Malaysia last year, it's highly likely for us to expect the Mk6 Polo to make it to Malaysia in 2021.
Globally, VW offers a range of petrol engines for the Polo Mk6. But looking over at the offerings in Australia and our neighbours in Singapore, the Polo Mk6 in Malaysia will most likely be powered by a 1.0-litre TSI engine that produces 116 PS and 200 Nm, with the 7-speed DSG transferring power to the front wheels.
Much like the Golf, Passat, and Tiguan, the all-new Polo Mk6 is built on Volkswagen’s modular MQB platform. The new Polo is a bigger, more spacious car, with a 92 mm longer wheelbase (2,548 mm) and a larger boot (351 litres, up by 71 litres). That said, the new Polo will most likely follow in its predecessor’s footsteps and assembly will be done in Hicom's plant in Pekan, Pahang.
Despite the possibility that the Polo Mk6 might hit at least RM 100,000, the Polo is still a B-segment hatchback. So, the Polo will go up against the current non-national best-selling hatchback Toyota Yaris and Honda Jazz.