The locally-assembled Volkswagen Polo Hatchback has been officially launched in Malaysia – the car, which was previewed at KLIMS13 back in November, becomes the third CKD model from the brand after the Passat and Polo Sedan.
Like the sedan, the Polo Hatchback is equipped with a normally-aspirated 1.6 litre MPI engine offering 105 PS at 5,250 rpm and 152 Nm at 3,800 rpm and six-speed automatic gearbox, a change from the CBU Polo Hatch‘s 105 PS and 175 Nm 1.2 litre turbocharged TSI engine and seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.
Performance numbers include a 0-100 km/h time of 11.1 seconds and a 184 km/h top speed, with claimed combined fuel consumption being listed as 6.3 litres per 100 km.
There are quite a number of visual and textural changes from the CBU car – some are noticeable, some are minor; we’ll be taking a closer look at what those differences are in a later post. Some visible ones are the twin-bar front grille in place of the single-bar design on the CBU car, headlamp housing accents in chrome (in black, previously) and a new tail light design that replaces the TSI’s distinctive L-shaped tail lamp elements.
As previously mentioned, interior equipment on the local car includes a RCD 320 radio (USB, SD Card, iPod, AUX-in, Bluetooth, four speakers), Climatronic automatic single-zone air-con, cruise control, ‘Livon’ fabric upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering/gear knob/handbrake lever.
The cabin is also dressed up with a chrome package, in this case found on the surrounds for the radio/light switches and AC panel/vents and also on the steering wheel. The car sits on 15-inch Riverside design alloys, wrapped with 185/60 profile rubbers.
Safety kit comprises dual-airbags, ABS with brake assist, ISOFIX child seat anchors and four-point rear parking sensors – there’s also an Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), which automatically unlocks your doors and turns on the hazard lights in the event of an accident.
Five colours are available for the CKD Polo Hatchback – Candy White, Flash Red, Pepper Grey, Reflex Silver and Deep Black. The Polo Hatchback is priced at RM87,888, but VGM is offering the first 500 customers for the car a special launch price of RM85,888.
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback at KLIMS13