Volkswagen has finally unveiled the sedan version of the new Volkswagen Polo, and the designers have definitely got the styling right, as the new Polo Sedan has none of the awkwardness that’s usually associated with turning a hatchback into a sedan. This is probably thanks to the new Polo’s mostly straight cut lines. Not the nicest rear end though.
The Polo will be produced in Kaluga, Russia. It had its world premiere in front of 200 high-ranking guests in Moscow on Tuesday. The Russian spec car uses a 1.6 litre inline-4 engine that produces 103 horsepower and can be mated to either a five-speed manual gear box or a six-speed automatic gearbox with Tiptronic sequential shift functions.
The engine is designed for Russian fuel quality and is a rather basic engine – unlike modern Volkswagen engines that have FSI, TSI, TFSI, and etc, this engine is a regular 1.6 litre Otto cycle engine, just like the one found in our market’s New Beetle, but Volkswagen’s press release says this engine is new. Notice that there isn’t even a 6-speed or 7-speed DSG transmission to keep the costs low.
The car has your usual safety features are also available on the car for the base ‘Trendline’ model such as two airbags, headrest and three point safety belts for five passengers. Higher spec models will get ABS, ESP and side airbags as standard. The full set of safety features is only available on Highline. It’s a shame that ABS is not a standard feature, only available on the mid-range Comfortline. But could probably be normal for typical Russian vehicle specs.
Just like the new engine with Russian fuel, Russian climate and roads were taken into account when developing the new sedan. Long term tests were conducted in different climate zones along with roads in different regions of Russia.
To counteract tough conditions the Polo Saloon will use a galvanised non-corrosive body and suspension that has been tuned to handle a rough ride. A ‘robust paint’ has been used on the exterior along with high durability chrome parts to cope with the harsh environment.
The sedan will be priced starting at just over 10,000 Euros, which translates to about just over RM 40,288 and likely upwards for the higher spec models. This new Polo sedan is clearly designed to be an affordable car for emerging markets such as most of the ASEAN countries.
Which country in ASEAN will host the assembly line for the new Polo sedan? Trial production in India has reportedly already started in Volkswagen’s Chakan plant, which also makes the Polo hatchback, Jetta and Passat.
Look after the jump for the 4 hi-res photos they’ve released so far.
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