Volkswagen Polo render 1

The current Mk5 Volkswagen Polo is nearing its seventh birthday – with a mid-life facelift applied last year – so it’s just about time for an all-new model to appear. Photoshop wizard Theophilus Chin has visualised what he thinks the next-generation model will look like, and it seems he thinks there will be a lot of the new Passat‘s genes in the styling.

From the front, the supermini gets the one-piece headlight and grille graphic from its bigger brother, along with a full-width lower air intake. Along the side, sharp character lines give definition to the flanks, while the door mirrors have been moved down from the base of the A-pillars to sit on the door surfaces – the latter a current VW Group trend that started with the Mk7 Golf.

Volkswagen Polo render 2

The rear is quite a departure for the Polo – instead of the vertical tail lights used since the ’80s, the rendering here gets horizontal units that encroach into the tail gate, with a design again inspired by the new Passat. Overall, we think it’s a stylish suit for the new Polo, although we’re not quite sure about the abundance of chrome on such a small car.

Expect the next Polo to ditch the old PQ25 platform in favour of a new version of the modular MQB platform introduced on the Mk7 Golf. Dubbed the MQB A0, the new architecture will reportedly use elements of the PQ25, and will be used on other superminis in the VW Group like the next-generation Seat Ibiza and Audi A1.