Two new Volkswagen models are due to arrive in New Zealand soon – the Polo TSI and Golf TSI 77kW
Both cars feature a new engine from Volkswagen, the 1.2L TSI, pumping out 77 kW / 175Nm.
To reach its maxiumu potential, the petrol direct injection engine is equipped with a turbocharger, so the maximum torque of 175 Nm is available at an engine speed of just 1550rpm, right through to 4100 rpm.
Volkswagen says the TSI engine is powerful and lightweight. It is based on an aluminium crankcase, and the completely re-tuned direct injection provides smooth power development, low consumption and low emissions.
The first Polo TSI is expected to arrive around June this year, complete with Volkswagen's 7-speed DSG transmission. Reported fuel consumption is 5.3L/100km and 124g/km of CO². The Polo TSI is Euro 5 compliant and gained a 5 star euro NCAP safety rating in 2009.
The Polo TSI is highly specced – standard features includes ESP and 6 airbags, 16” Cartagena alloy wheels, immobiliser and alarm system, fog lights, Climatic air conditioning, leather multi function steering wheel, sports front seats and the RCD 310 stereo system with aux-in socket and MDI for media device connectivity.
A new entry point for Golf will be established when the Golf with the TSI 77kW engine arrives in April this year. The Golf TSI 77kW also comes with a 7-speed DSG transmission. The new Golf TSI is reportedly now the most efficient petrol Golf available, using on average 5.8L to drive 100km. This also results in 134g/km of CO² and Euro 5 compatibility.
The Golf TSI 77kW features as standard an ESP system, immobiliser and alarm system, 7 airbags (including a driver?s knee airbag), daytime running lights, cruise control, leather steering wheel and the RCD 310 stereo system with aux-in socket.
Volkswagen?s General Manager for New Zealand, Dean Sheed, is excited by the opportunities that each of these vehicles present.
“With the Polo TSI, Volkswagen is introducing drivetrain technology never seen before in the segment. A turbocharged, direct injection petrol engine and dual clutch DSG gearbox will ensure that the Polo TSI sets new standards for performance and efficiency. This new model will further reinforce why the Polo was awarded the coveted 'European Car of the Year' award in 2009.”
And on the Golf TSI 77kW, Sheed commented: “A new entry point for the Golf range will make one of the world's most popular cars even more accessible to more New Zealanders. The sixth generation Golf picked up two very important accolades last year – the title of 'World Car of the Year' and also the recognition of being the safest car tested by EuroNCAP in 2009. The combination of design, safety, efficiency and competitive whole of life costs is likely to appeal to both private and corporate customers alike.”
Get to your local Volkswagen dealer to find out more.