Volkswagen is already presenting a study that is based on the new Polo - the "Worthersee 09" concept car. Visually, this car offers an initial impression of how a sport version of the new compact might look. It should be noted that it was always part of the successful model series as the Polo GT, Polo G40 or Polo GTI. From a purely technical perspective, the display piece is based on the 1.4-liter MPI version engine with 63 kW/86 PS.
Just like the Golf GTI Edition, this Polo stands out with its extroverted "Flash Red" body color. In addition, two black rally stripes command attention; they extend over the front end, the roof and back to the rear. The sporty, generously sized alloy wheels are the last detail. The black 18-inchers in "Budapest" styling are making their appearance with polished spokes; they generously fill out the wheel housings of the lowered chassis of the new bestseller - more than 13,000 orders have been received, even before its market launch. The black versus red contrast can be seen as a defining, excitement generating theme. The radiator grille screen, mirror caps, backdrop of the headlights and insert in the lower bumper known as the "buckle" all offer a dark contrast. The sport exhaust system pleases with its optimized sound.
Premium black also characterizes the interior. It takes a path from the roof liner over the air vents - each with a high-gloss finish - the steering wheel accents and radio panel down to the very distinctive front seats. They are made of very high-end materials. Black nappa leather trims the outer surfaces and the centre seat panels where they are offset by horizontal black stripes in the micro fibre "San Remo". The seat"s lateral supports have an arc-shaped striped design which viewed from outside to inside - is composed of nappa leather, flash-red nappa leather piping, the white leather "Berry White" and black leather. The aluminium tread plates are also a custom feature. Similar to the Golf GTI concept car, they bear the signature "Polo Worthersee 09". Red seams also enhance the leatherwork on the parking brake handle, gearshift grip, steering wheel and door trim.
The first deliveries will take place on the car's official 'on sale' date of 16th October 2009. Prices start at £10,035 for the S 1.2-litre 60 PS five-door; the three-door model will be available in December 2009.
The new Polo, the fifth generation launched in the supermini's 34 year history, is the largest and most technically advanced, but it remains true to the brand's core values of safety, reliability, quality and value for money. Despite the increase in size, the Polo is lighter than the model it replaces leading to improved fuel economy and emissions.
At launch the new Polo is available with a choice of five engines, three petrol and two diesel. These are a pair of naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre engines with 60 or 70 PS and a 1.4-litre 85 PS; plus two 1.6-litre common-rail TDI units producing 75 or 90 PS. All engines comply with Euro V emissions legislation. A new 1.2-litre 105 PS turbocharged TSI unit will be offered from early in 2010.
In a break from the previous Polo line-up, the new generation is offered in four different trim levels and an 'A/C' model is offered for those requiring climate control. The new range consists of S, Moda (which is designed to appeal to a younger audience) and SE, and SEL at the top of the range. GTI and BlueMotion models will follow later in 2010. All models offer a high level of standard specification including four airbags, ABS and, for the first time, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) on every car.
Optional equipment traditionally associated with cars in higher classes is also offered; touchscreen satellite navigation, a DAB digital radio and electronic climate control are all available.
Penned under the control of the Volkswagen Group's Head of Design, Walter de Silva, it's little surprise and certainly no accident that the new Polo bears strong resemblance to the sixth generation Golf. Its 'face' is now in line with other models such as the Scirocco and as such the Polo now appears to be very much one of the new Volkswagen family.
Volkswagen anticipates UK Polo sales of around 7,000 units in 2009, increasing to around 37,000 in 2010.