The next-generation VW Polo will come with five new engines, including three 1.6 liter TDIs with 75, 90 and 105 hp. A BlueMotion 1.6 TDI with 90 hp will also be available with a fuel economy rating of just 3.6 liters/100 km.
VW has released full details on the upcoming new Polo and it is definitely going for a "green is good" theme for the next-generation version of the compact hatch.
Of note is Volkswagen's switch to common-rail, direct-injection turbo-diesels for the TDI variants. With three versions of the 1.6 liter TDI coming with 75, 90 and 105 hp each. The 90 hp version also comes as a BlueMotion model, with a very impressive 3.6 liters per 100 kilometers fuel consumption rating and CO2 emissions of just 96 g/km.
But VW also has a few new petrol/gasoline tricks for the Polo as well. There are five new engines available on the Polo, with two new 1.2 liter powerplants, as well as the three aforementioned diesels. The two variants of the 1.2 liter gasoline engine rate 60 and 70 hp, respectively. A 1.2 liter TSI will also follow later in the year, bringing the total amount of engines offered on the Polo in its first year to 7. Keeping up VW's tradition of offering a long list of engine options on its models, which means lots of selection for consumers.
Oh, and that 1.2 liter TSI sounds like a hot little number. A 1.2 liter, 4-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine with 105 hp and a diesel-like fuel economy rating of 5.5 liters/100 km (CO2 emissions of 129 g/km) - a 20 percent improvement in consumption over the previous generation. That's undeniable praiseworthy progress.
VW will also be introducing its 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch) transmission in the Polo for the first time. Putting it to use in helping get those basement-low fuel economy ratings.
The new VW Polo goes on sale in Germany at the end of June. Launches in markets across Europe will begin in July.