Maruti Baleno-rival Volkswagen Polo gets a new 1.0-litre engine in India

Volkswagen has launched a new 1.0-litre naturally aspirated engine in India. The new engine will replace the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine of the Polo range in India. It is a new three-cylinder engine that churns out a maximum of 75 Bhp and 95 Nm. Prices of the Polo remain unchanged. The petrol Polo starts at a price of Rs. 5.42 lakh, while the diesel Polo starts at Rs.6.92 lakh, both prices ex-showroom, Delhi.

Maruti Baleno-rival Volkswagen Polo gets a new 1.0-litre engine in India

The new engine gets an ARAI certified mileage of 18.78 km/l. Polo was earlier powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that generated a maximum of 74 Bhp and 110 Nm. The power has improved by 1 bhp in the new engine but the torque has come down by 15 Nm. The 1.2-litre engine returned a maximum of 16.47 km/l, which has improved now. The maximum RPM for the power and torque output has not been mentioned for the new engine.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said,

“Delivering on our promise of continued product introduction and innovation, we are pleased to introduce the Polo in an all-new 1.0 L MPI engine. We are known for our performance and unmatched safety and with this new introduction; we further enhance our brand proposition, providing a diverse portfolio to India’s distinctive car-buyer, with multiple engine options that best suits their requirements.”

The Volkswagen Polo takes on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 in the market. It is known for its solid build quality and safety in India. Interestingly, Volkswagen 1.0-litre MPI engine powers the all-new MQB based international Polo too. The Indian market still gets the PQ25 platform based Polo. Volkswagen will launch the all-new Polo in India by 2020.

The diesel engine of the Polo remains same. It is a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit that produces 89 Bhp and 230 Nm. The diesel engine returns a maximum fuel efficiency of 20.14 km/l. The Polo gets 7-speed DSG dual clutch transmission with the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that is only available with the Polo GT TSI.

The top-end of the Polo comes loaded with features like cruise control, rain sensing wipers, automatic AC and touch-screen infotainment system. The car also gets standard dual front airbags and ABS across all the variants.

Volkswagen may replace the 1.2-litre engine from all other models soon. The 1.2-litre petrol engine also powers the Skoda cars in India.