Volkswagen introduced its first Polo BlueMotion model featuring TSI technology. If the previous BlueMotion models used a fuel-efficient diesel engine, now the Polo BlueMotion arrives with a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 95 hp (70 kW) and 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) of torque, while CO2 emissions are just 94 g/km.
Priced from 15,925 euros in Germany, the 2015 VW Polo TSI BlueMotion promises to offer a combined fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100 km (57 mpg), which is 0.2 liters less than the standard version of the 1.0 TSI engine.
Despite the impressive numbers, top speed achieved by this model is 190 km/g or 118 mph. According to Volkswagen, the 2015 Polo TSI BlueMotion arrives with plenty of features that improve fuel consumption such as improved aerodynamics over the radiator grille and underbody, as well as a lower ride height and reduced rolling tires.
Longer gear ratios in the upper transmission stages also help at improving fuel consumption just like the stop/start system, regenerative braking and gear-change indicator for the driver.
VW’s Polo TSI BlueMotion will be as safe as the other Polo models and arrives as standard with Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (which automatically initiates braking after a collision) and the optional Driver Alert System, Front Assist ambient traffic monitoring system with City Emergency Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
The new generation Volkswagen Polo has a look defined by its more sharply designed front and rear parts, along with its new colours, interior materials and equipment range. It should start selling in spring 2014, first in Germany where it will be priced identically as the preceding model, even with its new features and technologies. Shortly henceforth, most European markets will be entered.
African and Asian deliveries are expected to begin in the second half of the year. The new Polo succeeds the "2010 Car of the Year" and will come in the basic Trendline, Comfortline and Highline version, as well once again as a GTI, BlueGT, CrossPolo and the mentioned BlueMotion model.
The car’s market launch will be similar to that of the up! and the Beetle, wherein an exclusively equipped European launch model will also be presented. This model will be called the Polo “Fresh”, a top-of-the-line limited edition model to be available in five body colours. It will feature two-tone interior and a series of exclusive equipment.
New electro-mechanical steering system
The Volkswagen Polo is the first automobile to feature the innovative electro-mechanical steering system. Here, the compact system is integral to the steering column. An electrically-driven steering gear or worm gear controls the system. In terms of effect, it ensures extremely precise and quickly responsive steering, with roadway bumps decoupled excellently.
New Sport Select suspension system
Another new feature making its debut in the new Polo, though optional, is Volkswagen’s Sport Select suspension which basically utilises electronically adjustable dampers. Suspension tuning is fundamentally sporty but more comfort is provided over other sport suspensions. It is activated by the driver through a “Sport” button near the top of the centre console.
This switch turns on an electro-mechanical switching valve in the dampers, thereby changing from the default sporty yet comfort-oriented tuning to the stiffer tuning of a sport suspension.