Volkswagen, a German auto manufacturer is currently focusing on all-new mild hybrid system technology for its small cars which is likely to be incorporated in Polo and Golf. As per our sources, the company is planning to increase the fuel efficiency of the petrol engine through the means of hybrid hatchbacks. This new hybrid system will sport s a new 48-volt electrical system which will come with a boosted battery. Developing this technology will involve low cost tech and it will be more affordable to make petrol cars than diesel driven ones. Volkswagen’s development head, Dr Frank Welsch has confirmed that the mild-hybrid technology will save petrol engine’s emissions starting from 6 g/km – 8g/km of CO2. Also Read: 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan XL fully revealed
Prior to diesel gate which has almost damaged the entire reputation of the company in the year, now Volkswagen is making efforts to rebuilt the company by focusing on electric and hybrid powertrains. Moreover, this new mild-hybrid system is an essential fundament for company’s effort to re-instate its trust among buyers.
This particular move from German auto manufacturer is expected to enhance its market image after the diesel scandal. Also, as the petrol-hybrid technology is believed to be cost-effective, diesel powered small cars could be the talk of past. Additionally, this new new mild-hybrid technology from Volkswagen’s could also be benefitted by governments FAME initiative which indicates that marginal reduction in the prices for hatchbacks is on the cards.
As per the reports from the market, it is speculated that the German automaker might introduce this new hybrid system on the upcoming next-gen Polo hatchback which is expected to hit global market by the end of next year. The next generation Polo hatch will be based on MQB A0 platform which is the smallest edition of Volkswagen’s popular MQB platform. The new Polo hatch will sport major design changes on the exterior front as well as interior.
Volkswagen could introduce the hybrid version of Polo in the domestic market after its debut in the international market. However, no official confirmations have been received yet regarding the arrival of Polo hybrid for the Indian market.