Volkswagen Polo Hybrid with a 48v mild-hybrid technology will largely improve petrol motor efficiency
German auto giant Volkswagen is considering a 48-volt mild-hybrid system for the hatchbacks like Polo and Golf. This technology will significantly improve the efficiency of the petrol engine in these cars. Also, introduction of this technology could make the diesel engines things of the past.
Post Dieselgate, the German carmaker is heavily investing on the eco-friendly powertrain technologies in an attempt to salvage its brand image. The new 48-volt mild-hybrid technology for the small cars like VW Polo and VW Golf is just a part of that drive. The company claims, this technology will improve the petrol engine’s emission by between 6 g/km and 8 g/km.
Speaking about the new technology, Volkswagen’s development boss Mr. Frank Welsh has said, diesel engines are more expensive than the petrol engines and the distance is going to grow in future, due to the tougher emission norms. While many customers prefer popular cars like Polo and Golf in diesel variants considering the fuel efficiency, improvement in petrol engine efficiency will help to shift the focus. Mr. Frank Welsh also said, the new 48-volt mild-hybrid technology will offer better energy recuperation and near-silent start/stop.
Volkswagen has a strong customer base in Indian market. So, the German brand could launch the Polo hybrid in the country in near future. Currently, the VW Polo is available in both petrol and diesel engine options in domestic market. The upmarket hatchback is priced between Rs. 5.46 lakh and Rs. 9.16 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Volkswagen is presently working on the new-generation Polo hatchback. It is likely to come with the same 1.2-litre petrol and an updated 1.5-litre diesel engine option. The petrol variant could get the said 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, which will certainly enhance its appeal too but we may have to wait for a few more years.