2014 VW POLO AUSTRALIA
Volkswagen’s light Polo hatch has come in for its first major update since launch in 2009, bringing subtle styling tweaks, new features and upgraded engines for 2014.
You could be forgiven for missing the Polo’s refreshed look, however, with changes limited to new wheels, revised head- and tail-light internals, and a new front bumper.
Optional LED headlights stand out as the major update to the outside, while the cabin gets Volkswagen’s new steering wheel, new materials and redesigned instruments.
New technologies for 2014 include Volkswagen’s Post-Collision Braking System as standard equipment, along with Driver Alert and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Automatic Cruise Control as optional extras.
A new Sport Select suspension system is also available across the 2014 range, using electronically controlled dampers with two selectable settings.
Lastly, a new electro-mechanical steering system is featured, added to the Polo range in a push for improved efficiency and more precise control.
In Europe at least, engine options for the 2014 Polo range will include a pair of three-cylinder diesel units, two three-cylinder petrol engines, and a pair of 1.2 and 1.4 petrol fours.
The 1.4 litre three-cylinder diesel engines offer 55kW and 66hp respectively. The new mills will replace the 1.2 and 1.6 diesel units featured in the current Polo.
Similarly, the 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol engines, offering 44kW and 55kW respectively, replace the 1.2 litre MPI petrol engines in the outgoing range.
Specific torque figures for the petrol three-cylinder engines have not been offered, but the same engine offers 95Nm in the smaller Up! hatch.
Volkswagen says the current model’s 1.2 TSI and 1.4 TSI petrol engines will carry over into the new model year, with the 1.4 getting a slight power boost to 110kW.
The UK market’s diesel-powered Polo BlueMotion will also be replaced by a 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol version, which lists fuel use at around 3.4 l/100km.
Fuel figures for the regular 2014 range have not been released, although Volkswagen promises as much as a 21 percent improvement in fuel efficiency. All engines in the 2014 range are compliant with Euro 6 regulations.
Polo GTI Powered Up For
Volkswagen has also confirmed its little hot-hatch, the Polo GTI, will be given a power boost - but we won't see it until later in the year, ahead of an early 2015 launch.
Specific details have not been offered, although the carmaker promises a power boost from 132kW to a new 141kW.
The source of that boost is not clear, although an upgrade to the existing GTI’s twin-charged 1.4 litre petrol engine is likely.
Watch for the updated GTI to appear internationally in the later part of this year.
Speaking with TMR today, Volkswagen Australia’s Kurt McGuiness confirmed an updated Polo range will hit local showrooms in the second half of 2014.