3.3 liters/100 km and a CO2 emission of only 87 g/km - this is how we can resume the specifications of the most fuel efficient five-seater in the world. Although only revealed as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show, the Polo BlueMotion will go into production in February 2010.
The 1,080 kg concept is powered by a brand new 1.2 liter TDI with common rail injection engine that delivers 75 hp. Volkswagen is calling upon an entire array of efficiency measures, including an aerodynamic package for the body that is lowered by 10 millimeters (including modified front end), an aerodynamically optimized underbody and low rolling resistance tires on 15-inch alloy wheels.
Last summer when gas prices started skyrocketing, every auto manufacturer searched their international offerings to see what small car may work for the U.S. Volkswagen is no exception. The company was once known for small cars in the States, but its current smallest entry, the original Rabbit/Golf, has constantly grown in size and weight over its four model revisions. In fact, the four-cylinder engine is scarce on VW’s U.S. lineup (and only with turbochargers). So its no surprise that Volkswagen started floating the rumor that the sub-Rabbit sized 2010 Polo may come stateside .
Everyone will get their first glimpse at the next generation Polo at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Now word is coming down that starting 2011 the Polo will also be available in the U.S. This will help VW in its attempt to grow sales to 800,000 units in the region. The Polo is already an international hit for VW. It’s produced at multiple plants worldwide, including one in Mexico, which makes for an easy hop over the boarder to the United States.
Although most U.S. consumers would not consider the current Volkswagen Rabbit roomy, the need for greater fuel economy may dictate a need to import something even smaller. VW may not have to reach far because it already has a host of small cars it gives to the rest of the world. Just like VW’s famous ad campaign, the trend in the U.S. is becoming “think small”, and it doesn’t want to miss the boat. So now Volkswagen is reported to be considering introducing the subcompact Polo to the U.S.
VW was once know for small cars in the States, but its current smallest entry, the original Rabbit/Golf, has constantly grown in size and weight over its four model revisions.
The added heft has let the gas powered Rabbits with an average of 25 MPG. This is a loss of at least 10 miles per gallon average fuel economy in its 30-year history in the U.S. The current Polo would give Volkswagen a welcomed MPG boost – European versions of gasoline-powered average about 40 MPG. The Polo is not even VW’s smallest car. The rest of the world has the Fox and the Gol slotted below the diminutive Polo.
Volkswagen will unveil its fifth-generation Polo next year. Its design will be inspired by the newly launched Scirocco . The car’s nose reflects the styling of VW’s sleek coupé – and inside, there is a classier cabin.
Future Polo will drop the large chrome grille seen on recent VWs for a simpler design with twin horizontal air intakes and angled headlights.
It will be built on the new PQ25 small car platform – first used by the latest SEAT Ibiza. Engine line-up will include 1.4 and 1.6-litre FSI direct-injection petrol units, plus new TDI turbodiesels. The 1.4-litre supercharged and turbocharged TSI motor, available in a 138bhp ‘warm hatch’ and a 168bhp GTI variant will also be used.
Volkswagen will unveil a SUV version of its compact Polo in 2010. It will replace the current Polo Dune and will compete with models like the forthcoming supermini 4x4 class rivals such as the Vauxhall Corsa SUV and its planned Chevrolet-badged sister model.
Its design will be inspired by the its bigger brother Tiguan. It will feature bold chrome grille and Eos-style headlights, plus protective cladding for the bumpers, wheelarches and side skirts. Roof rails and sporty alloy wheels also feature.
The SUV will be built on the current Polo’s chassis, same that will be used for the standard next-generation supermini, which is due on sale here in 2009.
The SUV will be 20mm higher than the regular Polo and will be fitted with VW’s 4MOTION four-wheel-drive system.
Under the hood there will be the same range of engines as the standard car: a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with either 60bhp or 70bhp, a 85bhp 1.4-litre, a 105 hp 1.2-litre TSI turbocharged. Diesel options will include a 1.6-litre TDI in 75bhp, 90bhp and 105bhp forms.
After the launch of the Golf VI, Volkswagen will also unveil a redesigned version of the compact car Polo, based on the platform of the current Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia.
The 2008-2009 years have been very important for the evolution of Volkswagen group: first was the Passat CC , then Scirocco and finally in autumn we will see the next generation Golf. 2009 will be the year for a new Polo: based on the compact platform of the Volkswagen group, same as for the Skoda Fabia and Seat Ibiza, the future Polo will be more aggressive and sportier.
Under the hood there will be the same engines as in the rest of Volkswagen’s range, such as the 1,4-litre TFSI, including for the GTI version. Diesel versions will include the new 1.6-litre TDI.
Volkswagen announced today the begining of a new partnership with FC Schalke 04 football club. In order to celebrate this partnership , the German manufacturer unveiled a new edition of the Polo called S04 Edition which will be built in just 100 units.
The new edition will feature special blue pain with grey and white elements, FC Schalke 04 logo on the sill plates, head rests and boot lid. The vehicle also comes equipped with 16” alloy wheels, darkened windows and ESP as standard.
Volkswagen’s small car architecture, which today underpins the VW Polo, Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia, will offer the possibility of all-wheel drive for the next generation of VW group small cars.
"The new small-car platform architecture includes an all-wheel drive option," Erich Schmitt, president of Seat said. "Seat won’t offer awd for its new Ibiza, but other group models could use it."
The first use of the latest development of this platform, called PQ25, is for the new Seat Ibiza. The new-generation VW Polo will be the next model later this year, followed by the all-new Audi A1 in late 2009.
The current version of VW’s Cross Polo has the looks of an awd crossover model, but comes with front-wheel drive only. "Think of an awd option for the next generation Cross Polo, or next Audi A1," an VW group source said. "And Audi already has an awd tradition anyway with its Quattro models."
Volkswagen is ready to launch a new family of small SUVs. Inspired by the huge success of the joint Cayenne/Touareg/Q7 project, the company wants to take this success to a smaller level: a new family made by Audi Q1, Skoda Yeti and VW Polo SUV. Even if the most important one is the Q1, the first to arrive will be the Yeti in 2009, followed by the Audi Q1 a year later and the Polo SUV in 2011.
Volkswagen Polo is a real successful model in Europe, mostly because of its low fuel consumption. This and the rising of the gasoline prices of the gas might be the reason why Volkswagen is considering bringing smaller models than the Golf in the US market.