Volkswagen already offers quite a bit of fun in the small hatchback segment with the 177-horsepower, 40-mpg Polo GTI, but for those wanting even better fuel economy without sacrificing any fun, VW has announced the Polo Blue GT.

Fitted with the new 1.4-liter TSI inline-four, the Blue GT is capable of achieving up to 50 mpg thanks to direct injection, cylinder deactivation and stop/start technology. With 138 horsepower, the hatchback is capable of reaching 62 mph in 7.9 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 130 mph.

Distinguishing itself from the rest of the Polo lineup, the Blue GT features a mix of components from the VW parts bin including front and rear bumpers and a rear spoiler from the Polo GTI, as well as side sills from the BlueMotion model. The car also features unique 17-inch wheels, special badging and a lowered ride height of 15mm. Inside the Blue GT gets redesigned sports seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and instrumentation from the GTI model.

Read up on the Volkswagen Polo Blue GT in VW's official press release below or browse through our live photos of the car in the gallery above.
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Wolfsburg / Geneva, 06 March 2012 - The new Polo BlueGT stands out in its ability to combine superior dynamic performance with extreme fuel-efficiency. The technical highlight of the progressive compact car is the cylinder deactivation system, which is being introduced for the first time in a Volkswagen – also known as active cylinder management or ACT. The system was realised with the new 1.4-litre TSI of the Polo BlueGT. The torque-strong TSI develops a power output of 103 kW / 140 PS, yet has a combined fuel consumption of just 4.7 l/100 km/h* (equivalent to 108 g/km* CO2). If the Polo BlueGT is ordered with the optional 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), fuel consumption drops further to 4.5 l/100 km* – and, bear in mind, this is a petrol, not a diesel (105 g/km* CO2). Nonetheless, this car, with a top speed of 210 km/h, accelerates to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds. This uncommon coexistence of efficiency and dynamic performance is enabled by the systematic interplay of ACT, downsizing (reduced engine displacement plus direct injection and charging) and BlueMotion Technology (Stop/Start system, battery regeneration). As such, the Polo BlueGT closes the gap between the Polo 1.2 TSI (77 kW / 105 PS) and the Polo GTI (132 kW / 180 PS). The new car will already on the market in July.

New generation of engines. The 1.4 TSI in the Polo BlueGT is the top engine of the entirely new EA211 series of petrol engines. These petrol engines and the EA288 series diesel engines, which are also new, are technological pillars of the future Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). One property shared by all of these engines is an identical mounting position in the car – and indeed across vehicle classes and brands.

Fuel savings by ACT. Even before the MQB is introduced, Polo BlueGT buyers will get to enjoy the new high-tech TSI with cylinder deactivation. Volkswagen is the first carmaker to introduce active cylinder management as a fuel-saving technology in smaller engines – they were previously only known in larger eight or twelve cylinder units. Shutting down the second and third cylinders under low and medium load states reduces fuel consumption in the EU driving cycle by about 0.4 l/100 km. In constant speed driving at 50 km/h in third or fourth gear, fuel savings are as much as one litre per 100 km. But even when driving at 70 km/h in fifth gear, fuel consumption is still reduced by 0.7 l/100 km.

ACT mode of operation. ACT becomes active at engine speeds from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm, and at torque outputs from 25 to approx. 100 Nm – a broad swath of the operating map that includes nearly 70 per cent of all driving states in the EU driving cycle! When the driver presses the accelerator pedal, the two cylinders are imperceptibly reactivated. The high efficiency certainly does not come at the price of a high level of smooth engine running: even with two cylinders, the excellently balanced 1.4 TSI of the Polo BlueGT runs just as quietly with as little vibration as it does when all four combustion chambers are active. All mechanical switchover actions are completed within one half of a camshaft revolution; this only takes between 13 and 36 milliseconds, depending on engine speed. The transitions are smoothed by supporting interventions to the ignition and throttle valve. Ingenious: thanks to an accelerator pedal sensor and intelligent monitoring software, the system can also detect non-uniform driving profiles – such as while driving through traffic or in a sporty manner when driving on a country road. In such cases, cylinder shutoff is disabled. The driver is informed whether two or four cylinders are active by an indication in the multifunction display located between the speedometer and tachometer.

ACT camshaft adjustment. To further reduce emission and fuel consumption values and improve torque in the lower engine speed range, the intake camshaft was designed to be adjustable over a range of 50 degree crank angle on all EA211 engines; in the 1.4 TSI of the Polo BlueGT, an exhaust camshaft adjuster is added. It adjusts to the desired spread of control times, thereby ensuring more spontaneous response from low revs; at the same time, it also improves torque at high revs.

Exterior of the Polo BlueGT. The new Volkswagen is clearly distinguished both inside and out. From the outside, it is the new 17-inch alloy wheels with spoke styling, GT signatures at the front and rear (and additional 'BLUEMOTION' at the rear) and new tailpipe trim that are identifying characteristics of the Polo BlueGT. In addition, numerous standard features were adapted from the Polo GTI or the Polo BlueMotion. GTI features are the rear spoiler, rear bumper with diffuser, front bumper and fog lights including daytime running lights. BlueMotion elements are the side sills and the front rain channels (outside on the windscreen). The Polo BlueGT is also upgraded by a black painted radiator grille, R-line ventilation screen in the bumper and black door mirrors. Having a positive effect on aerodynamics are the Polo's 15 mm lower ride height and special underbody trim.

Interior of the Polo BlueGT. Interior features were upgraded by extended functionality of the multifunction display (ACT message and tyre pressure), the GTI instruments, a cruise control system, black roofliner and black pillar trim in GTI style, vanity and interior lights tuned to match, a leather-trimmed sport steering wheel with 'BlueGT' emblem, sport seats in front with newly designed trim (fabric type and colour) as well as various chrome surrounds.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Yet another promising car that probably won't make it to the States. Sigh.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i simply love the polos styling. it is near perfect for a little hatch like this imho. really curious if de silva is able to continue on the new golf.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll take the diesel.
      Leo Gonzales
      • 3 Years Ago
      This engine needs to replace the archaic 5cyl across the US VW line.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Leo Gonzales
      • 3 Years Ago
      Screw the blue, just bring the 177-horsepower, 40-mpg Polo GTI over. I'll give up the extra 10 MPG for more go.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really want this. Really badly. I love my old 2002 Polo, but the new shape is just phenomenal. I've had them as rentals a couple of times from work and, even with the tiny 1.2 60PS engine they're great fun.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the worst engineering I have ever seen. In a normal cylinder deactivation setup the cylinders to be deactivated are alternated.But here they always deactivate these in the middle. This means that the ones on the outside wear more than these in the middle. The engine in gone before you even notice it. Bye bye VW.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Erm... not really. You evidently have no idea about how an engine wears. Engines wear primarily on start up when cold, when the oil coating on everything has dripped off into the sump. When operating, the components are covered in a film of oil which prevents it all from wearing. It doesn't matter which cylinders are deactivated from a wear point of view. This isn't a V engine, it's not like you can deactivate a cylinder bank.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It says the car is 15mm lower but doesn't actually mention if it has the GTI's suspension components, which is sort of the only selling point if you're going to take away horse power.
      • 3 Years Ago
      177hp and 40 mpg, or 138hp and 50mpg, but more torque? Who cares? I want both! Is the Polo GTI still twincharged (turbo and supercharger) or just turboed now?
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's twincharged. The high-output 1.4s are all twincharged, VW didn't like the epic turbo lag you get otherwise.
      Jason Golden
      • 3 Years Ago
      In typical VW form, we have elegant, balanced styling - both inside and out. What a handsome car!
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