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Volkswagen made a big splash at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show with a total of nine new vehicles, including two new ultra fuel-efficient concepts that will one day see production. Included in the list of “normal” premieres was the 2010 Polo with a BlueMotion option that delivers futuristic fuel-economy right now.
The ultra-efficient BlueMotion Polo sub-compact, is powered by a 75hp 1.2-liter diesel engine. Improving even on the already impressive Polo TDI that gets 56 mpg, this new car gets 71.3 mpg! Equipped with a 12 gallon (45 liter) tank the BlueMotion Polo has a theoretical travel distance of 847 miles (1,363 kilometers).
In total, the all new (and we have to say quite handsome) Polo will be offered with six engine options ranging in power from 60 to 105hp.
But the BlueMotion Polo wasn’t the only hyper-efficient diesel on display, as VW also took the wraps off BlueMotion versions of the Golf and Passat. The BlueMotion Golf gets 61.9 mpg while still producing 105hp and 185 ft-lbs of torque, allowing it to hit 62 mph in 11. 3seconds and top out at 120 mph (190 km/h) on the German autobahn.
Finally, there’s the BlueMotion Passat, a mid-sized car that gets 53.5 mpg. It might not get up to speed very quickly, taking 12.5 seconds to 62 mph thanks to the same 105-hp engine as found in the Golf, but with a large 18.5 gallon (70 liter) tank it can travel 989 miles (1,591 km) at a time, which Volkswagen says equates to just seven fill-ups per year.
Volkswagen is planning on bringing the Polo to North America but it is likely to be a slightly larger model than the one sold in Europe.
GALLERY: 2010 Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion
That’s right, VW will be getting into the ultra-competitive sub-compact segment in North America with the new VW Polo.
There is no word on which engine options will be offered but we wouldn’t be surprised to see one of the TDI engines (of which VW will produce three) offered. TDI models will range in power from 60 to 105 hp.
As for gasoline engines, the Polo will be offered worldwide with four different FSI engines. The U.S.-market is likely to see just one of these but possibly two. The most likely is the 1.2TSI, a turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 105hp.
The next engine down from that is a naturally aspirated 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 90hp.
VW is planning to offer some of the higher-performance Polos with its new 7-speed DSG gearbox. Some models will also be offered with 17-inch wheels.
Look out Honda Fit!
GALLERY: 2010 VW Polo
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