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New engine and model confirmed for VW Polo Sedan in South Africa

VW will launch a new turbo-petrol engine option alongside a more premium “Style” trim level for the Polo Sedan in South Africa before the end of the first half of 2024.

At present, the four-door is only available with a naturally-aspirated, 1.6-litre motor and in Base and Life specification grades spanning four models.

These new additions will add at least two, potentially three more options to the Polo Sedan line-up for a total of seven.

A new engine

VW South Africa confirmed to TopAuto that the Polo Sedan will soon be sold with a 1.0-litre, turbocharged petrol block with a maximum output of 85kW, paired with a six-speed Tiptronic transmission.

The particular driveline is already available in the hatchback body style in which it puts out 200Nm of torque and returns a combined fuel consumption of 5.4l/100km – the latter of which will probably be a bit higher for the sedan given its 200-odd kilogramme heavier body.

Despite being considerably smaller than the 1.6-litre motor that is currently fitted to the VW, the new drive unit has it beat in both power and torque by 4kW and 48Nm, respectively, as well as in fuel economy, thanks to the magic that is forced induction.

The 1.0-litre powertrain will be available in the Polo Sedan Life and the new Style variants, but not in the base model, said VW.

VW Polo Sedan Life

A new model

Judging from the Amarok’s nomenclature, the upcoming “Style” nameplate of the Polo Sedan is shaping up to be the new headlining model of the range.

This means buyers can expect all the niceties of the Polo Sedan Life such as automatic Eco-LED headlamps, chrome exterior finishes, keyless entry and start, a leather multifunction steering wheel, climate control, cruise control, ambient lighting, a wireless charger, a 10-inch central touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a reverse camera, rear parking sensors, and hill-start assist.

Of course, the Style will get a few exclusive fitments that are reserved only for it. The company has yet to reveal what these will be, but we can take a semi-educated guess by looking at other markets in which the higher-end Polo Sedan is already available.

In India, the pricier VW gets leatherette upholstery, electric seats, a sunroof, a digital driver’s display, and rain-sensing wipers. Seeing as most of these are already available on the Polo Hatch, it wouldn’t be impossible for them to also make their way into the sedan.

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