Interested buyers in the United Kingdom could now place orders for the petrol version of the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion at a starting price of £14,730 on-the-road (RRP). It is powered by a 1.0-liter BlueMotion TSI petrol unit that emits just 94 g of carbon dioxide per kilometer and returns 68.9 mpg on the combined cycle.
The new three-cylinder engine, paired to a five-speed manual transmission, delivers an output of 95 PS between 5,000 and 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 118 Nm (160 lbs ft) between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm. This power allows the Polo BlueMotion to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 10.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 119 mph.
Aside from the 1.0-liter BlueMotion TSI petrol 95 PS engine, the Polo BlueMotion’s powerplant choices also include three-cylinder diesel 1.4-litereTDI BlueMotion engine (75 PS, 91.1 mpg, 82 g/km CO2O. The Polo BlueMotion builds on the S trim, adding more features like a styling pack that includes distinctly shaped front and rear bumpers, radiator grille, side skirts and rear roof spoiler.
It also includes body-colored door handles, body-colored door mirrors with integrated indicators, front fog lights and static cornering function as well as distinct BlueMotion badging. Other features include 15-inch ‘Buenos Aires’ alloys with low rolling resistance tires, aero body kit, multifunction leather steering wheel, alarm with remote central locking, air conditioning, a front center armrest.
Further complementing them are Composition Media and infotainment system, cruise control and Volkswagen’s Driver Alert System. This version also boasts of a color touchscreen, SD card reader, DAB radio and USB and AUX-in connections, as well as a height-adjustable driver’s seat. Deliveries of the Polo BlueMotion start in March in the UK.
Volkswagen revealed that it will be offering infotainment options for the new Polo TSI BlueMotion, all of which have been re-conceptualized and now offers a radio/CD/navigation system and three radio/CD systems. However depending on what version is implemented, these devices will offer various functions like a proximity sensor wherein other menu details are displayed when a hand is nearing the screen.
It can also offer Bluetooth audio streaming, which when depending on what smart phone is used, can include touch-screen control and cover display. Then there is the use of inductive coupling which can allow a mobile phone to interface with the model’s exterior antenna. As what can be expected from new Polo models, the brand will be offering with this new model a wide range of safety, convenience, and driving technologies, all of which are unique for its segment.
A good example is the new electro-mechanical servo steering system which helps enhance the car’s steering properties. The brand will also be introducing to the Polo program assistance system like the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, a system that immediately begins braking after a collision occurs. Offered as options are the Adaptive Cruise Control, Driver Alert System and the Front Assist ambient traffic monitoring system with City Emergency Braking.
According to the brand, while the new TSI BlueMotion is not the first Polo to be powered by petrol gas, it is the first Polo to get the Class A badge when it comes to energy efficiency. It also has managed to attain top ratings in its class for both fuel consumption as well as CO2 emissions. As expected from a Polo model, the TSI BlueMotion is complaint with the EU6 emission standard, a rather strict one.
Even with this, the brand made sure that driving performance is not sacrificed. Proof of this is the new three-cylinder 1.0-liter engine capable of 95 PS (70 kW) and that allow this new model to get a top speed of at least 190 km/h. In addition to being the first model to use the highly efficient engine, the fuel consumption figures are just as excellent. This is made possible by enhancing the aerodynamics of the underbody and above the radiator grille.
Lowering the vehicle’s ride height helped as well. The performance of the Polo TSI BlueMotion also benefits from having longer gear ratios when the vehicle is in the upper transmission phases. Use of tires with lowered rolling resistance helped with the performance. There are other factors which help boost the driving economy which includes gear-change indicator for the driver, regenerative braking, and stop/start system.