The second Polo variant to debut at the show is the four-door saloon. Featuring big-car saloon styling cues, this new Polo model was developed independently of the hatchback from the B-pillar backwards, with the line of the side windows rising slightly to the rear. The Polo saloon is 280 mm longer than the hatchback, with a 432 litre luggage compartment. It will go on sale in Germany this year, with UK availability yet to be confirmed.
A further show newcomer will be a long wheelbase version of the Phaeton luxury saloon with overall length increased by 120 mm, along with highly significant new V8 petrol and V10 TDI diesel engine options. These will become available in the UK in December this year, joining the current V6 and W12 petrol range.Published 27 August 2003