The new 1.0-litre MPI petrol engine replaces the 1.2-litre unit with improved fuel economy of of 18.78 kmpl
Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd has announced today the launch of a brand new smaller petrol engine replacing the 1.2-litre MPI unit in the Polo. The premium hatchback’s powertrain lineup has so far comprised of two petrol and a diesel engine in two states of tune.
The range-topping GT variants are retailed with either a 1.5-litre TDI diesel in its high-spec outputs of 108 bhp and 250 Nm while the 1.2-litre TSI turbo petrol motor produces 103 bhp and 175 Nm. Sold in a total of 14 variants, the Volkswagen Polo gives option of seven petrol and as many diesel engine trims.
The outgoing 1.2-litre MPI petrol was good enough to develop 74 bhp at 5,400 rpm and 110 Nm of peak torque delivered at 3,750 rpm. It was made available with a five-speed manual gearbox driving only the front wheels in five trims.
Its replacement, the 1.0-litre MPI petrol, is also presented in those five trims and is in response to the changing customer preference for more fuel efficient cars according to Volkswagen. The new 1.0-litre MPI gasoline mill generates a peak power of 75 bhp and 95 Nm of peak torque.
The German automaker stated that it suits the diverse customer profile of the Indian market. In addition to the Polo, the new power plant makes a strong impact in the brand’s portfolio replacing the 1.2-litre unit in the Ameo subcompact sedan as well.
The 1.2-litre MPI petrol engine was not fuel efficient as it was ARAI certified to return only 16.47 kmpl. Despite down on torque, the new 1.0-litre petrol comes with an improved fuel economy of 18.78 kmpl. Price for the entry-level Polo Trendline continues to remain at 5,41,800 (ex-showroom).