The expanded Volkswagen Polo range includes two new BlueMotion variants that claim to be the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid petrol and diesel five-seaters in the world.
Volkswagen claims combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.1 litres per 100km for the new petrol-powered Polo TSI BlueMotion and just 3.1L/100km for the upgraded Polo TDI BlueMotion diesel, giving the latter a theoretical driving range of 1400km.
Powering the Volkswagen Polo TSI BlueMotion is a turbocharged 66kW 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, while the TDI BlueMotion employs a new 55kW 1.4-litre three-cylinder turbo-diesel.
The Polo BlueMotion duo features low rolling-resistance tyres and other aerodynamic enhancements, including a broad grille bar, side skirts and unique alloy wheels, in their pursuit of optimum efficiency.
Joining the BlueMotion variants is the updated Volkswagen Polo BlueGT.
The BlueGT’s uprated 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine produces 110kW and 250Nm (up 7kW), and thanks to its active cylinder management system, which shuts down two cylinders under certain driving conditions to save fuel, claims combined cycle consumption of 4.8L/100km. Six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions are available.
The Polo BlueGT teams the exterior updates of the facelifted city car with a sports body kit and lowered suspension, and is available with the newly developed Sport Select suspension that features electronically controlled dampers.
The Volkswagen CrossPolo also benefits from a mid-cycle update, and now features smoked tail-light lenses, redesigned alloy wheels, and new paint colours and seat materials.
Depending on the market, the city-sized crossover will be available with a turbocharged petrol engine and two diesel.
As with the rest of the range, an automatic post-collision braking system is now standard, while adaptive cruise control, city emergency braking, driver alert, front assist, and a rear-view camera are all available optionally.
The updated Volkswagen Polo range will reach Australian showrooms in the second half of this year. Volkswagen Australia says it is too early to say whether any of the newly announced variants will join the regular range on our shores at this stage.