With nearly 14 million units already produced, the Polo from Volkswagen is a motorists' favourite all over the world. Key features include: new engines, new mechanics and a new look.
The new Polo boasts unique technologies designed to make the car safer and more relaxing to drive: the Polo will, for instance, be one of the first cars of its class to offer striking LED headlights as an optional extra (as of this autumn).
Electromechanical power steering improves handling, while the Automatic Post-Collision Braking fitted as standard instantly initiates vehicle deceleration after any impact. In addition, features such as Driver Alert, the Front Assist surroundings monitoring system with City Emergency Braking and the Automatic Distance Control (ACC) reflect state-of-the-art technology.
One can also chosse as an option the so-called Sport Select suspension, with adjustable electronic dampers.
The radio and radio/navigation systems have also been overhauled for the Polo: with their software and hardware they now follow the infotainment world of the Golf.
Depending on version, the system offers functions such as Bluetooth audio streaming, proximity sensors for the touchscreen monitor, map zooming in navigation mode and mobile phone integration with the vehicle's external antenna via an inductive interface.
Volkswagen has also completely refreshed the range of fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines for the Polo. All engines, for instance, fulfil every aspect of the EU 6 emissions standard; in addition, all are available with Stop/Start system and battery regeneration mode. T
he new Polo TDI Blue Motion sets a new benchmark with an average consumption of 3,2 litres (82g CO2/km). In autumn, a petrol engined Polo will also be launched as a Blue Motion model; which will be the Polo TSI Blue Motion: average consumption 4,1 litres and 94 g CO2/km.
Visually the new Polo can be recognised by a sharper front and rear-end design. Fresh colours, new interior fabrics and numerous other trim details provide the perfect finishing touches to the car.
This latest generation Polo will appear on the market during the course of the spring. The initial launch will be in Germany – where, incidentally, despite specification upgrade and new engineering, the entry-level price will be the same as for the current Polo.
As for the début of the up! and the Beetle, Volkswagen is similarly bringing out an exclusive model for the car's European launch: the Polo 'Fresh'. This premium special model will be available in five colours, with exclusive features and an interior in a two-colour design.
Otherwise, the car will be available in the usual trims, Trendline, Comfortline, Highline, and the Polo will also be available as a GTI, BlueGT, CrossPolo and the BlueMotion model as mentioned earlier.
We are of course anxious to see and drive the car, which undoubtedly, will set a new benchmark in its class!
Hans Knol ten Bensel