Volkswagen Polo now gets 1.0-litre 3-cylinder MPI Engine

VW Polo 1.0 petrol

The 1.2-litre engine option in all VW products will be replaced by the 1.0-litre engine.

Volkswagen India has introduced an all-new 1.0-litre downsized petrol engine for its Polo hatch. The new 3-cylinder compact motor will be available in all four trims, alongside the existing 1.2-litre MPI engine. The new engine claims an improved mileage of 18.78 kmpl as per ARAI testing, as against 16.47 kmpl of the 1.2-litre mill.

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The new engine is a 999 cc naturally-aspirated petrol engine that generates 56 kW max power at 6,200 rpm and a peak torque of 95 Nm at 3,000-4,300 rpm. The 5-speed manual gearbox paired to the engine remains the same as before. Comparing to the 1.2 MPI, the new engine delivers almost similar power output but may feel less torque. The engine is almost 18 kgs lighter than its 1.2 sibling.

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Volkswagen says that the new engine addresses the changing customer preference for more fuel efficient cars and delivers a more augmented product offerings from the German company. The engine update does not bring any hike in prices of the Polo. The 1.2-litre motor will continue to power Polo ‘Allstar’ limited edition and GT TSI variant for now. The company is expected to announce a similar engine swap with the VW Ameo range as well.

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