VW Polo 3-door to be shown at the Frankfurt International Autoshow this fall. [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/VW_Polo_3-door.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug. 26, 2009 2010 VW Polo - $17,250 to start and a class leading 71.3 mpgUS combined on the NEDC from the BlueMotion. Fresh off a Five star crash test rating on the Euro NCAP as released earlier today, VW’s Polo now includes a somewhat inexpensive new entry-level version. At its world premiere, Volkswagen is presenting the youngest offspring of the Polo family, the three-door. When launched this fall, the three-door will be available with six engine combinations. Three trims will be offered including the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The Polo’s entry-level version is the three-door Polo 1.2 Trendline with ESP starting at $17,250 USD. The Polo BlueMotion will also be available as a three-door or five-door model with the production version debuting in Frankfurt. This will be the world’s most fuel-efficient car in with a 74 HP TDI engine rated at 71.3 mpgUS combined on the NEDC. Styling Overall, the three-door Polo has an appearance that is lower to the ground and stretched. The reason: The practically invisible B-pillar and more slender C-pillar gives the row of windows a longer visual appearance. This effect is reinforced by the similarly longer upward curve of the row of side windows from the B-pillar back. This results in an even more dynamic overall feeling. Standard features Polo’s are being launched with a bare minimum of safety and convenience features. Electronic stabilization program (ESP) is a good one but daytime running lights, power-assist steering, electric windows in front, central locking, cargo area lighting, warning buzzer for light left on, height adjustment on driver’s seat, vanity mirrors and tinted windows should/are standard on almost everything in Europe. Available Engines At this time, six engines will be offered on the three-door and five-door Polo: three gasoline and three diesel. The gasoline engines are available at the power levels 59 HP, 69 HP and 84 HP. As an option, Volkswagen is also offering the Polo with an automatic 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) for the first time when paired with the 84 HP variant. A fourth Polo engine includes the all-new direct-injected turbo with an output of 103 HP will be made available later PS. On the diesel side, Volkswagen is offering new common rail TDI engines consisting of 1.6L engines with outputs ranging from 74 HP to 103 HP. The “special” fourth TDI version will be the 71 mpgUS rated 1.2L TDI BlueMotion available in early 2010 across all of Europe.