VW debuts the Polo TSI BlueMotion, first model powered by a petrol engine

Article by Christian A., on November 14, 2014

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.

Press Release

First Polo BlueMotion to have TSI technology

In the Polo TSI BlueMotion Volkswagen is offering its fuel-saving technology for the first time in conjunction with a petrol engine.

With the Polo TSI BlueMotion1 Volkswagen has succeeded in optimising the already economical TSI engines even further: improvements to the engine management system have made it possible to reduce fuel consumption by a further 0.2 litres to 4.1 l/100 km and emissions to only 94 g/km CO2. As a result, the TSI BlueMotion is the first petrol-driven Polo to receive a class A label for energy efficiency and achieve top ratings for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in its class. Like all Polo models it also complies with the strict EU6 emissions standard. This does not imply any loss of driving performance, however: the new three-cylinder engine with a displacement of one litre delivers 70 kW / 95 PS and can reach a top speed of over 190 km/h.

Apart from this first use of the highly efficient engine, the excellent fuel consumption figures were also the result of lowering the ride height and improving the aerodynamics over the radiator grille and the underbody. Furthermore, the Polo TSI BlueMotion also benefits from reduced rolling resistance tyres and longer gear ratios in the upper transmission stages. Other factors contributing to greater driving economy are the stop/start system, regenerative braking and a gear-change indicator for the driver.

Like all new Polo cars, the new Polo TSI BlueMotion offers a range of driving, convenience and safety technologies which is unique in this class. For example, a new electro-mechanical servo steering system improves steering properties. Assistance systems have also been introduced into the Polo programme such as the standard 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 infotainment options have also been re-conceptualised, with three radio/CD systems and one radio/CD/navigation system. Depending on the version, the devices offer functions such as Bluetooth audio streaming (including cover display and touchscreen control, depending on the smart phone used), a proximity sensor (other menu details are shown when hand approaches the screen), and interfacing of the mobile phone to the vehicle’s exterior antenna by inductive coupling.

The entry price for the new Polo TSI BlueMotion is €15,925.

1Fuel consumption figures for the Polo TSI BlueMotion in l/100 km: 5.0 (urban cycle) / 3.6 (extra-urban) / 4.1 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 94 (combined); efficiency class: A

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