Volkswagen South Africa has confirmed the entry-level 1,6 MPI Conceptline variant has been removed from its Polo hatchback range.

In August 2019, we broke the news VW SA had quietly added a base Conceptline derivative to its local line-up. But less than a year later it has disappeared from the brand’s price list.

The Wolfsburg-based firm’s local arm confirmed to CARmag.co.za the Polo 1,6 MPI Conceptline has been “discontinued due to complexity reduction in the range”. That leaves the Polo 1,0 TSI Trendline (R269 400) to reassume the role of the entry-level model.

Interestingly, the Conceptline trim level was offered in conjunction with a naturally aspirated 1,6-litre petrol engine. While all other Polo hatch variants are turbocharged, this model employed a naturally aspirated four-cylinder mill offering 66 kW to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox.

The Conceptline model made 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 entry-level model included 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.

When it was introduced, the Polo 1,6 MPI Conceptline was priced at R242 300, although that figure increased to R254 900 before its discontinuation.