2010 Vw Polo 3-door (coupe) revealed ahead of Frankfurt

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2009

This is Volkswagen's new three-door Polo that will be officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The three-door model follows similar design traits as the five-door model. Giving the car a more aggressive stance are its more pronounced rear windows that make the car look lower and wider than it is.

Bearing the same platform and dimensions as the five-door model, the new three-door Polo is actually larger and more spacious than the outgoing model.

There are four trim levels: S, SE, Moda and SEL. Offered on all of them are standard equipment that includes four airbags, ABS, ESP and hydraulic brake assist, as well as a CD player, speed sensitive power steering and electric windows.

In SE trim, three-door Polos get full iPod connectivity, 15-inch alloys and body colored door handles and mirrors. The top-spec SEL includes 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a multifunction computer and leather trim on the handbrake, steering wheel and gearshift. At launch, two diesel and four petrol engines will be available.

Two normally aspirated 1.2-liter petrol engines will be available with 59bhp and 69bhp, as well as a 1.4-litre unit with 84bhp.

Two common-rail 1.6-litre TDI engines are available with 74bhp and 89 bhp, while the flagship engine is a new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 104bhp. Pricing starts at €12,150 for a three-door Polo in S trim, up to €15,900 for the SEL model.

Exterior Design

Volkswagen's 3-door Polo marks the brand's introduction of another model in its range that continues to follow its "design DNA" 1:1. Group Design Chief Walter de Silva was the one who developed this particular "DNA". This new design is a significant aspect of the style that shows basic surfaces having horizontal orientation plus a clarity of forms referred by de Silva as "La Semplicità".

Overall, the precise and sharp lines characterized the design. The design put high priority on the proportions. According to de Silva, the proportions of the 'bella automobile' are perfect. These include the short body overhangs, powerful shoulder sections, prominent wheel housings, and even the width is broad in proportion to the height.

The side profile of the Polo also defines the style. Much like Volkswagen models designed under de Silva, it has two key lines. The first is the upper character line with an additional supportive lower line. At the top of these lines and in the middle of the headlights and its taillights is the roof. Even the shoulder section was developed from the same character line.

In addition, the upper and the lower lines create a good interplay between light and shadow. Thus even if the design is indeed simple, it gives a muscular modulation of surfaces. The Volkswagen Polo has a look that shows it is nearer to the ground. It has been stretched too.

The reason for this is that B-pillar and the more slender C-pillar results in the windows looking longer. This is strengthened with the longer upward curve on the side windows that started from the B-pillar.

This gave it a more dynamic overall feeling. Both the three-door and five-door version have the same dimensions. The length measures 3,970 millimeters while its width is at 1,682 millimeters and is 1,485 millimeters high. The interior space and the cargo capacity combine for 280 to 952 liters.

Press Release

VW Polo (3-Door)

Volkswagen is presenting the youngest offspring of the Volkswagen Polo family at the 2009 International Motor Show in Frankfurt (IAA, September 17 to 27): an agile Volkswagen Polo 3-door. Its longer doors compared to the five-door version, new styling of the row of side windows and the dynamic lines of the sporty C-pillars give the car a nearly coupe-like appearance in its side profile.

At its market launch in the Fall of 2009, the extremely elegant and safe Volkswagen Polo 3-door will be available in six engine versions (from 44 kW / 60 PS to 77 kW / 105 PS) and three equipment variants (Trendline, Comfortline, Highline). The model's entry-level version will now be the three-door Volkswagen Polo 1.2 Trendline with ESP at a price of 12,150 Euros. The new Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion will also be available as a three-door and five-door model; the production version is also debuting in Frankfurt. The world's most fuel-efficient car in its class (55 kW / 75 PS) has a fuel consumption of 3.3 litres diesel per 100 kilometres (equivalent to 87 g/km CO2). The Volkswagen Polo range is gaining tremendous momentum here. Our declared goal: successes in the Polo class on the same magnitude as those of the Volkswagen Golf.

Unmistakable proportions in styling

The Volkswagen Polo 3-door marks the entry of another model into the Volkswagen range that follows a new "design DNA" 1:1. This "DNA" was developed by Group Design Chief Walter de Silva. The brand's characteristic new face is a key aspect of this styling that exhibits a strong horizontal orientation of basic surfaces and a clarity of forms that de Silva refers to as "La Semplicità". The overall design is characterized by sharp, precise lines.

In this process, high priority is given to the car's proportions. Walter de Silva: "A 'bella automobile' has perfect proportions. The VW Polo confirms this to be true." Striking in this context are the short body overhangs, the car's broad width in proportion to its height, its prominent wheel housings and powerful shoulder sections. Style defining is the side profile of the Volkswagen Polo 3-door. As on every Volkswagen designed under the leadership of de Silva, there are just two key lines here: the upper character line and an additional, supportive lower line. Resting atop the dominant character line between the upper borders of the headlights and taillights is the roof. The strong shoulder section is also developed from the character line. Even more: The upper and lower lines generate an exciting interplay of light and shadow, and despite the design's simplicity they also create a very muscular modulation of surfaces.

Overall, the Volkswagen Polo 3-door has an appearance that is lower to the ground and stretched. The reason: The practically invisible B-pillar and more slender C-pillar gives the row of windows a longer visual appearance. This effect is reinforced by the similarly longer upward curve of the row of side windows from the B-pillar back. This results in an even more dynamic overall feeling.

The body dimensions of the three and five-door versions are identical with a length of 3,970 millimetres, width of 1,682 millimetres and height of 1,485 millimetres. The same applies to the interior space and cargo capacities (280 to 952 litres).

Generous standard features

Even the base version - the Volkswagen Polo Trendline - is being launched with an extensive package of safety and convenience features. A standard feature in all large EU countries is the electronic stabilization program ESP. Other standard features include daytime running lights, power-assist steering, electric windows in front, central locking, cargo area lighting, warning buzzer for light left on, height adjustment on driver's seat, vanity mirrors and tinted windows.

Identifying features of the mid-line equipment version, the Comfortline (starting at 14,150 Euros and 51 kW / 70 PS), are car-coloured door mirrors and door handles, H7 dual headlights, chrome trim inserts in the radiator grille and 15-inch wheels. On the convenience side, it is supplemented by standard features such as an air conditioning system, electrically heated and adjustable door mirror, Easy-Entry System (three-door), height-adjustable front passenger's seat, storage drawers under the front seats, various accents in aluminium look, split folding rear bench seat/backrest, dual cargo floor, storage pockets on the backs of the front backrests and RF remote central locking.

The exclusive VW Polo Highline (starting at 15,900 Euros and 63 kW / 85 PS) is characterized by wide-ranging individualization. On the exterior, it is distinguished by additional chrome trim on the lower air intake, 15-inch alloy wheels and front fog lamps from the Comfortline equipment version. Inside, the Volkswagen Polo Highline is upgraded by details such as a three-spoke leather steering wheel, front centre armrest, multi-function display and tyre pressure indicator, height-adjustable sport seats and leather-trimmed handbrake grip and gear knob.

Advanced engines are sustainable engines

At this time, six engines will be offered on the three-door and five-door Volkswagen Polo: three petrol and three diesel. The petrol engines are available at the power levels 44 kW / 60 PS, 51 KW / 70 PS and 63 kW / 85 PS. As an option, Volkswagen is also offering the Polo with an automatic 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) for the first time. The 85-PS petrol engine may be paired with DSG as an option. Already in the starting blocks for the VW Polo is a fourth petrol engine, a new TSI, which is a fuel-efficient yet sporty turbo direct-injection engine with 77 kW / 105 PS. It too will be offered in a DSG version.

On the diesel side, Volkswagen is exclusively offering new common rail TDI engines with particulate filters on the Volkswagen Polo 3-door and 5-door cars. They output 55 kW / 75 PS, 66 kW / 90 PS and 77 kW / 105 PS. The 90-PS version may be ordered with DSG. The fourth TDI to be offered is the new 1.2-liter TDI of the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion that will be introduced at the beginning of 2010 (advance sales already begin in 2009).

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