Volkswagen South Africa has quietly added a new entry-level derivative to its local Polo hatchback range, with the fresh Conceptline trim level interestingly offered in conjunction with a naturally aspirated 1,6-litre petrol engine.
Priced at R242 300, the locally built Polo 1,6 MPI Conceptline takes over the role of base model in the now nine-strong line-up. For the record, that makes it some R10 100 less expensive than the 70 kW 1,0 TSI Trendline.
While all other Polo hatch variants are turbocharged, this newcomer employs a naturally aspirated four-cylinder mill offering 66 kW to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox (and sipping from a 40-litre tank). VW SA claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 6,1 L/100 km.
The Conceptline model makes do with 14-inch steel wheels (wrapped in 175/70 R14 rubber), drum brakes at the rear and plastic finishes for the steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake lever. Standard features for the new entry-level model include LED daytime running lights, air-conditioning, six airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, hill-start assist, Isofix child-seat anchors, height-adjustable front seats, electric windows up front and the firm’s “Composition” audio system. There's a choice of eight exterior paint colours.
Options for the Conceptline model, meanwhile, include cruise control (R3 300) as well as leather trim for the steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake lever (R3 750), along with a smoker’s package (R250), a light and sight package (adding automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror for a total of R3 900) and front and rear parking sensors (R3 200).
A three-year/45 000 km service plan is included in the aforementioned price, alongside the standard three-year/120 000 km warranty.
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