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Mini Golf – that’s where the updated Polo hatchback is headed

on February 1 2014 | in Industry news, Latest news | by | with Comments Off

Volkswagen has done what was expected, replaced the four-cylinder diesel engines in its facelifted Polo range with Euro6-compliant three-cylinder units.

But the thrifty oil-burners aren’t likely to be among the engine options when the facelifted hatchback lands in New Zealand later this year.

Instead, VW is expected to continue with 1.4-litre petrol power, something it has done with the Polo range for the past few years. For the moment, VW isn’t saying what’s coming.

The three optional 1.4-litre diesels return fuel economy improvements by up to 21 per cent. The star is the 55kW Polo TDI BlueMotion, which does a claimed 3.2 litres/100km, or 88mpg, for a C02 rating of 82gr/km.

The current NZ range of Polos comprises three models, each powered by 1.4-litre petrol units and priced from $21,990. There’s a 63kW five-speed manual, a 63kW seven-speed DSG automatic, and a boosted 66kW unit with DSG.

The new-look Polo GTi is unlikely to arrive until next year, but its turbocharged 1.4-litre engine will deliver 141kW, up from the current car’s 132kW.

The changes to Polo – over 14 million of which have been sold worldwide since its introduction in 1975 – are not just under the bonnet, although again the NZ distributor is playing a wait-and-see game.

Chief among the changes is a range of advanced technology features that casino online will be familiar to drivers of the latest Golf. These include the Golf’s infotainment system.

There’s new technical stuff, too, like a 16.5cm colour touchscreen that senses your hand moving towards it, then displays more options. It incorporates Bluetooth audio streaming and smartphone-style gesture zooming for maps, too.

There are styling changes, too, although they are not overly visible. Sharper bumpers, redesigned LED headlights and a chrome strip between the foglamps are the only exterior tweaks.

Safety tech has also filtered its way down from the new Golf. This includes radar-controlled adaptive cruise control, an autobraking function that brakes the vehicle after a collision to reduce kinetic energy and minimise the chance or consequences of a second impact, and an optional rear view camera.

A new electromechanical steering system helps to reduce fuel consumption, says VW, while two-stage adaptive dampers can be added, in a Polo first.

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