Volkswagen is set to launch its economy range based on a new 1.6-litre common rail diesel engine. The range, which includes a BlueMotion variant, follows the launch of the standard sixth generation Golf and the GTI and GTD performance models. While the new Golf models with this engine and five-speed manual gearbox have C02 emissions of under 120 g/km, the Golf BlueMotion emits just 107 g/km of CO2.
The Golf BlueMotion gets to this by achieving 68.9 mpg on the combined cycle, equating to a range of more than 800 miles. It is said to be the most efficient and technologically advanced iteration of the model yet produced. There are three versions of the 1.6-liter TDI engine and they´re all available for you to order.
The first version is an entry-level 90 PS currently offered in S trim only which returns 62.8 mpg on the combined cycle while producing 118 g/km of carbon dioxide. Built with more power, the second version is at 105 PS, available in S and SE trim, and has a combined economy figure of 62.8 mpg. CO2 output is at 119 g/km.
The engine of this car is also available with a DSG automatic gearbox. The third version is the 105 PS in BlueMotion, the most efficient and least polluting model in Volkswagen's lineup. The same powerplant is used as the other vehicles but the BlueMotion variant is extremely economic and has lowered emission levels (68.9 mpg and 107 g/km).
The car's efficiency levels are a result of a combination of changes to the drivetrain and aerodynamics. The engine's five-speed gearbox has longer ratios in third, fourth and fifth gears; it also has regenerative braking. Further improving efficiency, the new Golf BlueMotion is also fitted with a Stop-Start system. What this system does is to allow the engine to completely shut down when at a standstill before automatically restarting once the driver is ready to move off.
Similar to all BlueMotion variants, the new Golf features optimized aerodynamics with front-mounted cooling ducts found at the underside of the vehicle. The car's ride height is lowered by 15 mm and is installed with low rolling resistance tires. The car's efficiency does not make them any less safe nor does it come at the expense of the equipment.
The Golf BlueMotion, which is based on the SE model, is fitted with seven airbags, ABS, Electronic Stabilization Program, Climatic air conditioning, cruise control, rain sensors, automatic lights, and an iPod compatible CD stereo with eight speakers.
Each of the models featured is available for your orders. BlueMotion models are set to arrive in the UK in September. No longer available is the 2.0-liter TDI110 PS engine in the Golf. At the end of 2009, the second phase of Golf BlueMotion vehicles, based on the entry-level S model will be introduced. These cars are reported to have a CO2 output of 99 g/km and a combined economy figure of over 75 mpg.