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Polo Three Door - Click above for high-res image gallery

Rumors of an all-electric Volkswagen concept making an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month have died down since May, but VW is starting to reveal more details on the vehicles that will be on hand. Today, we learn about the Polo Three-Door, a sporty, smaller version of the company's bestselling Polo that will be available this fall with six different engine options. Three diesel and three petrol powerplants will be offered, with outputs ranging from 60 to 105 PS (that's 59 horsepower to 104 hp, Yankee).

Fuel-conscious would-be VW drivers can opt for a BlueMotion version of the Polo Three-Door. The most efficient Polo burns just 3.3 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. In numbers that most readers will be familiar with, this is the same as 71 mpg (U.S.) and we want to drive one today. This frugal choice puts out 55 kW / 75 PS, so it is not the most powerful engine out there, but when you barely ever need to stop for fuel, the speed of your daily get-up-and-go kind is that much quicker. The new base Polo version will start at €12,150 in Germany's higher-priced market, or about $17,300 USD. Be sure to check out the complete press release after the jump and click through the high-res gallery below.


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[Source: Volkswagen]

PRESS RELEASE:

Polo Three-Door – Initial Facts

World Premiere of Bestseller at the IAA:
Volkswagen adds dynamic three-door to the Polo model range

New Polo base version can be bought in Germany starting at 12,150 Euros1

Three-door will also be available as BlueMotion model with 3.3 litre fuel economy
Wolfsburg, 26 August 2009 - Bestseller with new entry-level version: As a world premiere, Volkswagen is presenting the youngest offspring of the Polo family at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt (IAA, September 17 to 27): an agile three-door. Its longer doors compared to the five-door version, new styling of the row of side windows and the dynamic lines of the sporty C-pillars give the car a nearly coupe-like appearance in its side profile.

At its market launch this Fall, the extremely elegant and safe three-door will be available in six engine versions (from 44 kW / 60 PS to 77 kW / 105 PS) and three equipment variants (Trendline, Comfortline, Highline). The model's entry-level version will now be the three-door Polo 1.2 Trendline with ESP at a price of 12,150 Euros1. The new Polo BlueMotion will also be available as a three-door and five-door model; the production version is also debuting in Frankfurt. The world's most fuel-efficient car in its class (55 kW / 75 PS) has a fuel consumption of 3.3 litres diesel per 100 kilometres (equivalent to 87 g/km CO2). The Polo range is gaining tremendous momentum here. Our declared goal: successes in the Polo class on the same magnitude as those of the Golf.

Unmistakable proportions in styling

The three-door Polo marks the entry of another model into the Volkswagen range that follows a new "design DNA" 1:1. This "DNA" was developed by Group Design Chief Walter de Silva. The brand's characteristic new face is a key aspect of this styling that exhibits a strong horizontal orientation of basic surfaces and a clarity of forms that de Silva refers to as "La Semplicità". The overall design is characterized by sharp, precise lines.

In this process, high priority is given to the car's proportions. Walter de Silva: "A 'bella automobile' has perfect proportions. The Polo confirms this to be true." Striking in this context are the short body overhangs, the car's broad width in proportion to its height, its prominent wheel housings and powerful shoulder sections. Style defining is the side profile of the three-door Polo. As on every Volkswagen designed under the leadership of de Silva, there are just two key lines here: the upper character line and an additional, supportive lower line. Resting atop the dominant character line between the upper borders of the headlights and taillights is the roof. The strong shoulder section is also developed from the character line. Even more: The upper and lower lines generate an exciting interplay of light and shadow, and despite the design's simplicity they also create a very muscular modulation of surfaces.

Overall, the three-door Polo has an appearance that is lower to the ground and stretched. The reason: The practically invisible B-pillar and more slender C-pillar gives the row of windows a longer visual appearance. This effect is reinforced by the similarly longer upward curve of the row of side windows from the B-pillar back. This results in an even more dynamic overall feeling.

The body dimensions of the three and five-door versions are identical with a length of 3,970 millimetres, width of 1,682 millimetres and height of 1,485 millimetres. The same applies to the interior space and cargo capacities (280 to 952 litres).

Generous standard features

Even the base version – the Polo Trendline – is being launched with an extensive package of safety and convenience features. A standard feature in all large EU countries is the electronic stabilization program ESP. Other standard features include daytime running lights, power-assist steering, electric windows in front, central locking, cargo area lighting, warning buzzer for light left on, height adjustment on driver's seat, vanity mirrors and tinted windows.

Identifying features of the mid-line equipment version, the Comfortline (starting at 14,150 Euros1 and 51 kW / 70 PS), are car-coloured door mirrors and door handles, H7 dual headlights, chrome trim inserts in the radiator grille and 15-inch wheels. On the convenience side, it is supplemented by standard features such as an air conditioning system, electrically heated and adjustable door mirror, Easy-Entry System (three-door), height-adjustable front passenger's seat, storage drawers under the front seats, various accents in aluminium look, split folding rear bench seat/backrest, dual cargo floor, storage pockets on the backs of the front backrests and RF remote central locking.

The exclusive Polo Highline (starting at 15,900 Euros1 and 63 kW / 85 PS) is characterized by wide-ranging individualization. On the exterior, it is distinguished by additional chrome trim on the lower air intake, 15-inch alloy wheels and front fog lamps from the Comfortline equipment version. Inside, the Polo Highline is upgraded by details such as a three-spoke leather steering wheel, front centre armrest, multi-function display and tyre pressure indicator, height-adjustable sport seats and leather-trimmed handbrake grip and gear knob.

Advanced engines are sustainable engines

At this time, six engines will be offered on the three-door and five-door Polo: three petrol and three diesel. The petrol engines are available at the power levels 44 kW / 60 PS, 51 KW / 70 PS and 63 kW / 85 PS. As an option, Volkswagen is also offering the Polo with an automatic 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) for the first time. The 85-PS petrol engine may be paired with DSG as an option. Already in the starting blocks for the Polo is a fourth petrol engine, a new TSI, which is a fuel-efficient yet sporty turbo direct-injection engine with 77 kW / 105 PS. It too will be offered in a DSG version.

On the diesel side, Volkswagen is exclusively offering new common rail TDI engines with particulate filters on the Polo three-door and five-door cars. They output 55 kW / 75 PS, 66 kW / 90 PS and 77 kW / 105 PS. The 90-PS version may be ordered with DSG. The fourth TDI to be offered is the new 1.2-liter TDI of the Polo BlueMotion that will be introduced at the beginning of 2010 (advance sales already begin in 2009)
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      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know why some people say american won't buy this little car. Because of the low horsepower? it makes me more confused, as I know the american people drive car really slow if not the slowest . They are most coward driving people in the world. Why do they need the extra horsepower anyway?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You, sir, have obviously never been to New Jersey. These people don't drive like cowards, they drive like teenagers hopped up on cocaine with a rage problem.

        And you can't merge safely on to our highways without flooring it.

        As English is obviously not your first language, I'd have to ask where you live, and what you're basing your absurd description of American drivers on?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Have you ever driven something that takes 16 seconds to reach 60mph? In places like WA and other states with low population density and courteous drivers (who like merging at 35mph) it wouldn't be an issue. In any reasonably populated state it would. As much as I like this car i'd only be able to stomach the 1.6l for safety's sake (60 US MPG, 11.5 s 0-60).
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know some people will jump out to bash me. but that doesn't mean american are those people who drive slow no matter in NJ or other busy places. I've been all those places, and I live a state that is deemed as the craziest driving state, however, for my normal standard they still kinda drive slow, especially on the twisty road, they seem can't handle curves, like the american cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      VW leadership, in my opinion, has no faith that the American people would see the inherent value of a 60 - 70 mpg diesel and want to buy such a car in significant numbers. I believe they see Americans as automotively backward and caring more about cup holders and video screens than mpg. Sadly there may be some truth to that view of Americans but that does not mean that people's habits and priorities cannot be changed by the right vehicle. Toyota seems to have succeeded at that with that piece of automotive Novocaine known as the Prius.

      So rather than lead in the market with the high value, high mileage Polo TDi, VW will play to the worst elements of America's buying habits and give us a Camry clone that is not German, Japanese, or American in it's execution.

      Ask your local VW dealer if he ever has enough diesel powered VWs on the lot. Ask your local VW dealer if he would like to have a $20k high mileage diesel to offer to his value and budget conscious customers. Ask VW to pull their head out of their a___ and start selling German cars in America because VW is a German company and ought to play to their own strengths with truly unique German-style products for the US market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Even if this thing held only 5 gallons of fuel, that's still 350 miles right there, and it probably holds more fuel than that. Impressive!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The tank holds 12 US gallons.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it's NOT 71 MPG!!!!!! Euro cycle is much softer than US EPA cycle.
      you can figure it out exactly, but it's about a 30% boost by listing numbers in the Euro cycle, I figured this out when everyone had a hardon for the 67 mpg diesel fiesta that they won't be bringing to us.

      look up a vehicle that you can get in USA and in UK, with same powertrain, on the two different corporate websites and compare. I did this for a gas and a diesel, since they have different characteristics, and they both were about 30% bonus for using UK fuel economy numbers.

      Mazda 3 US is basically same as Ford Focus UK for gasoline vehicle
      VW diesel golf/jetta can be had in both US and UK

      you can get damn near 40 mpg in a 2009 ford focus with manual trans if you go 50 mph on freeway (I have). everyone in USA drives 70-90 mph, wind resistance is function of velocity squared. too fast= poor mpg.
        • 6 Years Ago
        UK uses miles per gallon, US uses miles per fun-size gallon. Real galllons are 10% larger than America's pint-sized ones. So, while you're on the right track, you've got everything else wrong.

        TFA is talking about a direct conversion from l/100km to mpUSg -- no mention of actual mpg.
        • 6 Years Ago
        maybe you can help me out with where I have everything else wrong. if the methodology they use to come up with l/100km is different than methodology US uses to come up with mpg you can not compare. and they are most definitely different methodology. Without knowing exact details, I would guess the UK ratings don't have a ton of hard acceleration etc.

        this has come up before with the fiesta, the Euro/UK numbers seem too good to be true because they are. yes, gallon size has something to do with it but so does the test cycle used. The test cycle has a ton to do with reported mpg. the US EPA recently changed the test cycle because leadfoot speedracer americans complained that they didn't match the sticker mpg.
        http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/ratings2008.shtml

        now here is the SAME vehicle you can get in UK and USA, Jetta 2.0l TDI (140 hp). In USA with manual it's 30mpg city/41 mpg highway, In the UK it's 39.8 mpg urban/62.8 mpg extra-urban, 51.4 mpg comb. links are shown below so you can see for yourself.

        http://www.vw.com/jetta/completespecs/en/us/#mileage
        http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/#/new/jetta/which-model/engines/fuel-consumption/

        Those numbers are NOT 10% different, they are 32-53% different. (39.8-30)/30=32 % (62.8-41)/41=53%. If you test the Polo in US it won't get 71 mpg rating. Two reasons- size of gallon, and method used to determine fuel consumption.

        I think it was Mark Twain that said there are lies, damn lies, and statistics.


      • 6 Years Ago
      And invariably US customers will be given every excuse in the book why the diesel Polo capable of this fuel economy will not be sold in the US.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Gas is already well over $3 a gallon here in California, by the time this thing actually comes out it will probably be close to $4 a gallon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Starting with 59hp. They could make a Yaris 3-door with a 3-cyl. 60hp engine and it too would get about 60mpg. Why don't they make/sell that? Because Americans won't buy it. They will buy it when gas is $4+/gallon. Until then...more HP please.
        • 6 Years Ago
        When gas is $4 a gallon, diesel will be more than that. This car might make sense to some, but once oyu slap US emissions equipment on it it'll probably be about as good as a Prius.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well what's sad is that it's small, light, efficient, practical, and reliable. Of course the common american won't want anything to do with it. That makes too much sense.

      As an born and raised US citizen, i can say with ease that the general thought process on auto's/motoring/efficiency is so skewed and retarded.

      Wel just spend almost 3 billion dollars on cash for clunkers to get what? 5 extra MPGs on average out of a vehicle? A lot of people were touting the C4C program will help clean up the air... only if you made EVERY person buy one of these it would. Imaging going from 15mpg to 60+mpg and throwing 500,000 of these cars on the road. That's a helluva lot of energy saved.

      Something that looks a lot better than a prius, is cheaper, and more efficient? Sign me up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually we got 9+ MPG out of C4C. Still, not enough, but better than the law allowed (2-4mpg). The real problem is that gas is too cheap here. Diesels are popular in Europe because 1. gasoline is taxed higher than diesel and 2. both are taxed higher than they are in the US. They also provide real options in Europe, meaning public transit that works and works well.

        The Europeans do things much better than Americans: tax fuel and provide healthcare in one form or another.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Luis:

        I'm with you on the taxes/costs of fuel, but keep in mind how much BIGGER and spread out the US is, and how much more population we have. Its fairly easy to implement a very good public transit system in a country smaller than Texas that has 80 million people in it. Its not so easy when you have a country the size of the US with 300 million people in it. The population density, and general proximity to everything else in Europe makes it easier to implement. I can drive from one end of Germany to the other in 6 hours. It takes 3 days to drive across the United States.


        In other news, SELL THIS IN THE US AND I WOULD BUY IT IN A HEARTBEAT!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry Jeff, but a 9mpg improvement is MASSIVE.

        The 700,000 "clunkers" got an average of 15.9mpg. So every year, those 700k cars used about 550,000,000 gallons of fuel if they were driven an average of 12,500 miles per year.

        Now, the new set of 700,000 cars get 24.9mpg will use only 350,000,000 gallons at 12,500 miles driven per year. That cuts fuel usage by 36.4%! I'd say that's pretty damned significant.

        Now, WRT to the Polo...I, too, think it's a nice-looking car. And 71mpg is incredibly impressive. But we won't see it here in the US because VW would have to add a ton of costly emissions equipment that will sacrifice economy, add weight and cost of ownership, and squeeze their margins to price it at what the market will bear. It's a shame, too, because it's such a sweet-looking little car.

        VW is doing a good thing with the TDI Golf and Jetta. But they're about to bring a fattened version of the Polo, and a "new market compact" and midsize that will be, doubtless, fattened to better appeal to "American tastes" so VW can get higher volume. Bad idea, IMO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      But... but, you don't get the snobbery of saying "I own a Prius" at swanky wine-and-cheese parties. Sadly I think Americans won't be so keen on this car. More sadly, Washington will continue to push the corn-subsidized dead end known as ethanol instead of clean, inexpensive compact diesels. Depressing.

      Purty car though. I'd love to see a Polo GTI come stateside, too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      FFS what' up with people and their obsession of merging on highways. I live in NJ and I never had anything close to the beginning of an issue with merging on freaking highways with my monstrous 1.6 L Protege. Not even close. It's all about timing people. How many times do I see people waiting waiting and then flooring it while a car is approaching? This car would have no issue with power in the US or even in NJ.
      And coming from Europe I enjoy driving IN NYC because it is pretty much like driving in Europe. Narrow lanes, lots of traffic, fast efficient lane changes. Fun in a word.
      • 6 Years Ago
      if i could afford it, i'd import one somehow and brag to every person i know with a hybrid how big a piece of crap they are driving and how much further i can go on a tank. (and look better doing it)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was never a fan of small/efficient cars until I went on a recent Euro trip. There I realized that people in big cities (and little towns too) drive small diesel cars! No one cares about having the most powerful engine - it's all about being economical. Dont even get me started on the scooters - I love these things - and they get over 100 miles to the gallon.
      ....after I got back I kind of felt bad driving my car (I drive an S60R - the best I can do is 19 MPG) ... so to compensate for my frustration I'll be buying a scooter ...hehe
        • 6 Years Ago
        *Mike offers proof that the only reason for large cars to exist is to impress others!*

        Yeah, I'm being facetious, and I support what you're doing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        We gotta start a movement!!!

        I have traded in the 350z for a MR2 spyder. This thing gets 30+mpg and 1 ton (2200lbs) of FUN!

        Wife has a Prius.

        Now i just have to get rid of the maxima..but debating on what to get. I'm thinking BMW 335D if they ever offer Xdrive with it!

        I would really love a 35mpg diesel awd bmw. But they only make them in RWD. Come on bmw offer me an xdrive and you have a sale (and a Nissan Trade in).

        BTW I NEED a luxurious/spacious car for when I take out customers. I take out 2-3 grown men with me at least once a week and they won't cram into the back of a Yaris!

        Either another Prius (2010) or 335D xdrive is coming next as the 3rd car!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Some of our cities deal with the exact same issues as European cities (e.g. Philadelphia, Boston, New York). We need the same, small cars. We have very , very few choices in that department.

        Glad you went to Europe and had your eyes opened. Most Americans have no clue. I get told nearly weekly how my MINI Cooper is a "death-trap" LOL.

        D.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this comes to the US they'll put the iron lung 2.5 in it. Guaranteed!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, seeing how American's tax differently and have different fuel prices, it just DOESN'T make much sense to buy a small car with a tiny engine when you can have a larger car with a larger engine for about the same price. In Europe, where they tax on displacement of engine (wait, is that Japan?) and have much higher gas prices, yes, this Polo makes a lot of sense.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're wrong. If you're only filling up once every three weeks instead of every week, then you just gained $60 and an hour of your life. To many people, this is more important than having a fat, throbbing dope-mobile.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Some countries tax engine size, others CO2-emissions, some may use yet another standards involving weight etc.
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