VW extends facelifted Polo range


Wolfsburg, Germany - Just when you thought it was safe to go back into a Volkswagen showroom again, Wolfsburg has announced another four Polo variants, to add to the facelift announced less than a month ago.

The Polo TSI BlueMotion, Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo BlueGT and Cross Polo will premiere at the Geneva motor show next week, with new, cleaner-running diesel - and petrol - engines, for which VW is claiming as much as 21 percent lower fuel consumption.

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Polo BlueGT is an intriguing mix of long legs, remarkable performance for the genre and formidable fuel-efficiency.CrossPolo is a special VW hatch for people with long gravel driveways.

Until now, BlueMotion has meant specifically turbodiesel power; now, for the first time, there's a Polo TSI BlueMotion with a brand-new, 66kW, three-cylinder turbopetrol.

Volkswagen says it's the world's most fuel-efficient petrol-driven five-seater, with a combined-cycle figure of just 4.1 litres per 100km.


Alongside it at Geneva will be the TDI Blue Motion, updated and restyled to match the rest of the 2014 Polo range, its 55kW, three-cylinder turbodiesel now quoted at a parsimonious 3.1 litres per 100km to retain its title as the world's most fuel-efficient five-seater car, with a driving range of more than 1400km on a 45-litre tankful of diesel.

The third and last 'Blue' Polo for 2014 is the BlueGT, an intriguing mix of long legs, remarkable performance for the genre and formidable fuel-efficiency, thanks to cylinder shut-off - much more common in big V8's than super-clean small diesels, while power is up seven kilowatts for the facelifted model, from 103 to 110.


The CrossPolo - VW's special hatch for people with long gravel driveways - has also benefitted from all the 2014 updates, as well as new paint colours, new upholstery fabrics, a new, more modern steering wheel and new smoked tail light clusters.

The new Polo will be released in South Africa during the second half of 2014; no decisions have yet been made as to which of the BlueMotion models will will be included in the local line-up.

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