The updated Volkswagen Polo will feature revised styling, new technology and a range of new three-cylinder engines when it goes on sale internationally in April and in Australia in the second half of 2014.
New headlights at the front bring the first-time option of LED lighting, while new tail-lights, a restyled rear bumper and five new alloy wheel designs complete the exterior changes.
The cabin too looks more premium with new seat upholstery, a new flat-bottom steering wheel and refreshed instruments joining a reworked centre console with new climate controls and a Golf-style touchscreen infotainment system.
In Europe, a range of new Euro 6 emissions-compliant engines – claiming fuel efficiency improvements of up to 21 per cent over current units – will be available, headlined by a new 66kW turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol-powered Polo BlueMotion TSI claiming figures of 4.1L/100km and 94g/km, which in some markets replaces the existing diesel-powered Polo BlueMotion.
Two versions of the existing 1.2-litre turbo four-cylinder will be available - one with 66kW, while the 81kW version is up 4kW on the outgoing model - while a 1.4-litre three-cylinder turbo diesel can make either 55kW or the same 66kW produced by the outgoing 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel.
At the lower end, and most unlikely for Australia, are 1.0-litre three-cylinder non-turbo petrols (borrowed from the Up!) in either 44kW and 55kW specification.
The existing, but so far not-for-Oz Polo BlueGT's 1.4-litre TSI with cylinder deactivation receives a 7kW power increase to 110kW.
Outputs of the twin-charged 1.4-litre four-cylinder flagship Polo GTI – set to launch next year – increase from 132kW to 141kW.
As seen in its bigger Golf sibling, the facelifted Polo will come with a new electro-mechanical steering system, said to improve fuel efficiency and steering precision. A two-stage Sport Select suspension system will also be offered as an option.
Automatic post-collision braking, which autonomously brakes the vehicle after a collision, is now standard, while automatic cruise control, a driver alert system and front assist with city emergency braking will be optional.
Volkswagen Australia is yet to confirm the powertrain line-up of its updated Polo range. Local pricing and specifications will be revealed closer to this year’s launch.
Volkswagen says over 14 million Polos have been sold worldwide since its 1975 introduction.
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