Regular contributor Anol Alias has alerted us to a curious white Volkswagen Polo which has appeared at JPJ Putrajaya. It is quite different from the Polo TSI that’s on sale right now by Volkswagen Malaysia.
Other than the low-spec alloy wheels, we notice silver headlamps as opposed to the Polo TSI’s black-tinted headlamps housings, rear drum brakes (not discs), ‘Volkswagen’ badging on the rear (also found on the 2014 Polo Sedan) and the missing TSI badge. The tail lamp elements are no longer L-shaped.
UPDATE: We now have confirmation that the VW Polo hatchback will be locally-assembled in Pekan, with CKD packs from India. Full story here.
The rear bumper is also different – there’s no cut-out on the left side for an exhaust tailpipe to be visible. There are side indicators on the fender while the Polo TSI has none. Inside, the seats also look different, with vertical stripes on the chair instead of a horizontal design. The stereo (RCD 320 with USB, iPod and Bluetooth) and air-con (single-zone Climatronic) seen here are similar to what the 2014 Polo Sedan gets.
This white car looks more basic compared to the Polo TSI on sale now, and the lack of rear disc brakes leads us to believe this might be a normally-aspirated version of the Polo, which is on sale in India as the Polo Petrol.
In the Indian spec car, a normally-aspirated three-cylinder 1.2 litre engine produces 75 PS at 5,400 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm. The Polo Petrol is only available with a five-speed manual in India, while this spied car has an auto ‘box – probably a six-speed conventional automatic as per the Polo Sedan.
Could Volkswagen Malaysia be looking to introduce a car that’s more affordable than the upcoming reduced price RM87k CKD 2014 Polo Sedan? Could a non-TSI Polo hatchback be priced at under RM80k to give the RM74,800 CKD Honda Jazz a run for its money?