Not a few agree that the Volkswagen Polo news a styling overhaul. While this supermini still looks good as it is now, the latest facelift was around three years. With rumors and speculations that Volkswagen is primed to replace the current Polo with a new generation in 2018, several visual artists took their sweet time trying to render the looks of the next generation of VW’s smallest car.’
One of these visual artists is Kleber Silva of Sao Paulo Brazil. As an automotive designer, Silva had rendered a number of cars and concepts like a pickup version of the Mini Cooper S Countryman and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan. His visual artworks were published at Behance, a Web site that allows designers to showcase their works and for companies to discover them.
Silva’s rendering of the new VW Polo represents an evolution, if not a revolution, of the design of supermini. Its overall looks are very far removed from the current iteration of the Polo. However, there is one current or new VW model that the rendered VW Polo is taking inspiration from in terms of design – the new VW Arteon.
Unveiled to the global public at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the new VW Arteon, the new four-door grand tourer is the replacement model for the VW CC four-door fastback. In terms of size, the Arteon is larger than the VW Passat but is smaller than the China-only Phideon sedan. While there is a significant difference in size between the new Arteon and the Polo, it didn’t stop Silva to adopt the new design language seen on the grand tourer.
Basically, the new Arteon represents a new styling approach for the German carmaker. This four-door grand tourer adopts a design language derived from VW Sports Coupe Concept GTE unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. However, the Arteon’s design language is more subtle than on the concept, as seen on its front and rear ends. Thus, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if the Polo adopts the design language of its larger sibling.
As visualized by Silva, the rendered VW Polo inherits and adopts the radiator grille, crossbars, headlight units, muscular wings, body curves, lines, side panels and flared wheelarches of the Arteon. Just like on the Arteon, the radiator grille of the rendered Polo continues through and to the headlights.
Also, the grille’s upper two chrome-plated crossbars extend to meet the headlight units and continue to the sides – just like on the Arteon. Even the tail lights, rear bumper layout and the shape of tailpipes of the rendered VW Polo are copied from Arteon. It seems like the VW Polo has become a supermini version of the Arteon!