Volkswagen has consistently expanded the availability of this filter technology from the upper class to the small car. In addition, a number of new features with respect to engines and gearboxes will be introduced at the change of Model Year. For example, the current Polo 1.4 with 99 hp will be superseded by the new Polo 1.6 with 103 hp, available with either the 5-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Polo 1.6 with manual gearbox costs 14,175 euro($18000), the automatic version is available for an extra 1325 euro($1688). Polo 1.4 with the 5-speed manual gearbox has become stronger: it delivers now 59 kW, prices as of 12.925 Euro($16469).
New in the range with respect to safety are the so-called SST tyres (self-supporting tyres), which are available in 15 inch format for the Polo Trendline and Polo Comfortline (from 375 euro($478)). In contrast to conventional car tyres, the reinforced side walls of these self-supporting tyres allow emergency running in event of a loss of pressure. This makes it possible to continue driving for up to 80 kilometers at speeds of up to 80 km/h, depending on the road surface conditions and the vehicle weight, for example to reach the next workshop.