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2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door

2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door

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2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door

2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door

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2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door

2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door

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This spring, Volkswagen's Stefan Jacoby confirmed that the next Polo would be headed for U.S. sale, and now the first look at the new three-door variant has been released. Though the Polo is expected to grow slightly in both length and width for U.S. consumption, it will still feature the same core set of equipment and styling.

Helping VW meet its competition head-on in the rapidly expanding American small car segment, the Polo will be up against the likes of the new Ford Fiesta and the Chevrolet Spark. Unlike its competition, however, VW is planning to sell the Polo in sedan, five-door and three-door form factors. Pricing likely to start near the $14,000 mark and fuel efficiency in the 60-70 mpg range (Euro cycle, 75 horsepower engine) will make it an attractive package as well.

Due for its European market launch this fall, the Polo isn't expected to make it to the U.S. before early 2010, but when it does it will be powered by a range of four-cylinder engines also found in the European fleet, leaving out the smallest variants, though the 1.2-liter turbocharged direct-injected TSI unit, rated at 105 horsepower, is likely to make the trans-Atlantic trip.

Both diesel and gasoline versions are planned for Europe, but it's not clear yet if Americans will get the oil-burners. If a diesel variant does make it, it won't be until mid-2010, as the 1.2-liter TDI version won't be delivered in Europe until early next year. Both manual and 7-speed DSG automatic transmissions will be available.

Styling for the new Polo will bear a strong resemblance to the re-worked and re-named for the U.S. Golf (nee Rabbit), with strong horizontal planes and a corporate front-end that shares VW's new signature headlight shape and wide, narrow grille.

The three-door version revealed today promises sportier character, and it reflects that visually with a barely-visible B-pillar and a slender C-pillar to give the car a lower, longer look. A slight upward curve to the side window line give the car a more aggressive stance.

Antsy for a drive of the 2011 Polo? Well, you can't get behind the wheel of the real deal yet - at least not without a European vacation - but you can download the official Volkswagen Polo Challenge iPhone app and give it a go, virtually speaking.

[Volkswagen]

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  1. Why does the VW Group continue to starve the US market for the products that we desire, which holds back progress that the company could be making in this market. Toyota is not starving this market for fuel efficient hybrids. So why does VW keep starving this market for fuel efficient clean diesels. This engine should be an option across the lines (i.e., Passat, CC, Eos, Tiguan, Beetle). Also, a twin turbo charger should be mounted to the current certified one to make a more fuel efficient option avaliable for the Tourag. Furthermore, since the Beetle and Jetta are made in Mexico, can VW give a valid reason why 4 motion is not available as an option for these vehicles to give Subaru competition and further bump sales?
     
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  2. "...the Polo isn't expected to make it to the U.S. before early 2010..." Well, since the link you indicate says Jacoby mentioned a 2011 launch, then that sentence if technically accurate (if misleading).
    "...the Polo is expected to grow slightly in both length and width for U.S. consumption..." It's easy to add length with modified bumpers. It's almost impossible to add width without specific structural changes or all-new sheetmetal, unless you're talking about godawful fender flares.
     
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  3. The Polo with a 1.2-liter TDI engine would be great -- the first ones sold in North America should have this engine, and then only later offer a gas-engine option for those who don't want to get outrageously great fuel mileage.
     
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  4. About friggen time. I have been emailing VW to whine about the lack of a subcompact in their lineup for three years. It is what made them great. Let their AUDIs compete in the large luxury car segment...TDI BLUEMOTION world car of the year...
     
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