Volkswagen Polo BlueGT Makes its Geneva Debut

Volkswagen continues to expand their Polo lineup with all-new technology.

Volkswagen is anxious for the motoring world to pay attention to their newly unveiled Polo BlueGT. From the floors of the Geneva Motor Show, the German automotive giant is quick to point out that the newest version of their popular small hatchback combines dynamic performance with extreme fuel efficiency. And because, let's face it, they're Germans, they have all-new technology to make both of those things happen.

Called ACT cylinder deactivation, this kicks in at engine speeds of between 1,250 and 4,000 rpm and at torque outputs of 18 to 74lb-ft. When the driver hits the accelerator, the two cylinders are then reactivated, with all mechanical switchovers occurring within 13 to 36 milliseconds. There's also a multifunction display in the instrument binnacle that lets the driver know when cylinders are deactivated. When under light and medium loads, the second and third cylinders are automatically shut down which in turns saves fuel. Power will come from a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-banger with almost 140hp.

Some unique styling cues include multi-spoke 17-inch alloys and GT badges at the front and rear. The suspension has also been lowered by 15mm and some features from the Polo GTI, such as the rear spoiler, rear bumper with diffuser and front bumper with LED daytime running lights, are also included. The interior also borrow a lot from the GTI along with bespoke BlueGT sport seats and a leather trimmed steering wheel with a BlueGT emblem. Sales in Europe are set to begin this summer.

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