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Volkswagen refreshes Polo range


Volkswagen has updated its Polo range with a range of new technologies and engines, along with a refresh inside and out.

The revised model will be available to order from April and will arrive in UK showrooms in July.

All new Polos will be equipped as standard with an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision. Options include a Driver Alert System and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Automatic Cruise Control.

A new optional Sport Select suspension system will be offered, using electronically controlled dampers to switch between two suspension settings. New models will feature a new electro-mechanical steering system which VW says improves efficiency and offers more control.

The new Polo will also feature VW’s infotainment system which was introduced on the new Golf.  The touchscreen system includes a proximity sensor and a function that reacts to wiping movements by the fingers (as used on smartphones).

Under the bonnet, the revised Polo will feature a range of new EU6-compliant engines offering fuel efficiency improvements of up to 21% over the old units.

New three- and four-cylinder petrol engines lead the changes.

There are two 1.0-litre MPI units, with 58bhp or 73bhp and two 1.2-litre four-cylinder TSI engines with 88bhp or 108bhp.
As before, a 1.4-litre TSI engine with cylinder deactivation (ACT) will be available, this time with power increased by 8bhp to 148bhp. A range-topping Polo GTI with increased power will be available next year.

In the UK, the diesel-powered Polo BlueMotion is to be replaced with a new petrol-powered Polo BlueMotion TSI, which returns 68.9 mpg and emits 94g/km of CO2.

It uses a new turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine that produces 88bhp. Diesel power is provided by two new three-cylinder 1.4-litre TDI engines (previously these were 1.2 and 1.6 litres), with 73 and 88bhp.

Exterior changes are subtle, with more precise lines on the redesigned front bumper and grille, with a chrome line that separates the front fog lights.

LED headlights will be available as an option. At the rear there are new lights and a new bumper, while five new alloy wheel designs.

Interior changes include a new steering wheel, refreshed centre console with new heating and ventilation controls.
Full details will be available when the new Polo opens for ordering in the UK in April.  First deliveries are expected in late July.

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