New Polo! Coming To America?
March 3, 2009
Small but handsome — Volkswagen's new Polo. Click on images for larger views.
The striking VW you see here could hit North American showrooms in as little as a year, as the carmaker's new entry-level model.
Volkswagen today unveiled the new Polo at the Geneva auto show. Think of it as a one-size-down version of the new Golf — with equally attractive lines and proportions, and top-quality materials.
The Polo has been refined over 33 years and five generations. Refined indeed — this new model weighs 7.5-percent less than its predecessor, has been engineered to ace crash tests, and looks far more expensive, inside and out, than what it will actually sell for.
Eight engines are on tap for Europe, four gas and four TDI diesel, generating from 60 to 105 horsepower.
Rock star Pink checks out VW's new
Polo at the Geneva auto show.
Particularly noteworthy is the environmentally friendly BlueMotion Polo, which features a 1.2-liter three-
cylinder TDI diesel worth 75 horsepower, automatic start-stop, regenerative braking, a wind-cheating body kit and low-rolling-resistance tires — helping it achieve an astonishing 70 miles per gallon. Wow!
Transmission choices are a five- or six-speed manual, or innovative seven-speed dual-clutch manumatic.
High-end options include static turning lights integrated into the foglights, side curtain airbags, a navigation system, panoramic sunroof and bi-xenon headlamps.
Sources tell VolksWatch that the Polo is all but a done deal for the USA and Canada. VW is closely monitoring exchange rates, consumer demand and general market conditions before it makes a firm commitment.
Volkswagen has long needed such a compact vehicle in its product mix — we'd love to see it show both competitors and consumers that small doesn't need to be cheap.
Photos below depict the regular Polo in red, and the BlueMotion Polo in — aptly — light blue.
Also see: Polo Photos