Volkswagen in Russia has released sketches of a new Polo Sedan for that market, suggesting the three-box version of the nameplate with gain a face inspired by the Jetta.

While the Virtus revealed for Brazil as long ago as November 2017 runs on the same MQB-A0 platform as the current-generation Polo hatchback, this version for Russia sticks with the old PQ25 underpinnings, as employed by the Polo Sedan still offered in South Africa.

Interestingly, this version of the Polo Sedan has grown from 4 390 mm long, 1 699 mm wide and 1 467 mm tall (matching the dimensions of the SA-spec model) to 4 483 mm long, 1 706 mm wide and 1 484 mm tall.

VW describes the new model as a “liftback” rather than conventional saloon (the rear end resembles that of the latest Passat, in a way), saying rear-passenger space has been improved. The capacity of the luggage compartment, too, has been hiked to a claimed 550 litres.

The Russian-spec model will feature LED headlamps, LED taillamps and a touchscreen measuring either 6,5 or 8,25 inches, depending on the trim level. The Wolfsburg-based firm’s digital dashboard will also be available, along with optional equipment such as keyless entry and heated seats.

Engine options for that market will include a 1,4-litre TSI engine as well as a naturally aspirated 1,6-litre unit offered in two states of tune. Manual and DSG transmissions will be available.

The question is, will this version be available to Volkswagen South Africa when the time comes to replace the Polo Sedan currently offered here?