Replacing the almost eight-year old current generation Polo, the mark six will do away with the PQ25 platform in favour of the versatile MQB architecture, designated A0 for Volkswagen's supermini models, with a longer wheelbase, wider track and overall gain in width.
Unlike the South African spec models though, a three-door bodystyle will be offered across the pond in addition to the existing five-door, while the off-inspired Cross could be dropped for a mini-SUV inspired by the T-Cross Breeze concept shown in Geneva last year.
As well as featuring a new interior with elements borrowed from the refreshed Golf, the Polo will also be equipped with new tech additions such as Volkswagen's Active Display instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, new touchscreen infotainment displays and a host of new safety systems.
Using the same platform as the Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia, the former having debuted last month, the Polo will likely receive the same range of engines, namely a 1.0 TSI with outputs of 55 kW, 70 kW and 85 kW, the 110 kW 1.5 TSI Evo from the Golf, and a 1.6 TDI with outputs of 59 kW, 70 kW and maybe 81 kW respectively.
A mild hybrid model could also be became available with Britain's Autocar magazine suggesting that the GTI will forego the current 141 kW 1.8 TSI engine, for a 147 kW 2.0-litre TSI, which will mean the same power output as the Golf 5 GTI. An even hotter Polo R has reportedly been cancelled.
Transmissions will consist of a five-or six-speed manual, with a seven-speed DSG being optional.