Paris Motor Show: Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion revealed, offers 88.3 MPG UK

From summer of 2013, the third generation of Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion will be ready for sale. This five seater family car portrays a number of aspects that showcases it as a true family car with maximum amount of safety and comfort features and will also be highly fuel efficient with a low level of auto emissions.

Fuel efficiency is pegged at 88.3 mpg UK, and 73.5 mpg US, on a combined cycle while it emits only 85 g/km of CO2. Improvement in its fuel efficiency is due to its newly developed EA288 1.6 liter diesel engine. This unit offers 108 bhp and 250 Nm torque and features a number of fuel saving options which include a start/stop function which is specifically designed to reduce internal friction and activation of ancillary pumps.

The three door and five door versions have exactly same dimensions though the five door weight is increased by 70 kgs. Both these models will be on sale at the same time with the five door at a premium of £600. Though the car is still in a concept stage, production car will be available in two trim limes – Trendline and Comfortline. Trendline is the base version and will be either of two or five doors, will possess a dust and pollen filter and a five inch touchscreen. Comfortline has an enhanced instrument cluster, 16” alloy wheels and ParkPilot sensors both at the front and rear.

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Making its motor show debut alongside the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf this week in Paris is one of the world’s most fuel-efficient cars: a concept for the new Golf BlueMotion. This is a genuine family car with five seats and all the Golf’s traditional attributes of comfort and safety which is predicted to return 88.3* mpg on the combined cycle and emit just 85 g/km of carbon dioxide. The third-generation Golf BlueMotion is
set for UK launch in summer 2013.

The first generation of the Golf BlueMotion made its debut five years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, with the car coming to market in mainland Europe at the end of 2007. At that time, the Golf BlueMotion set new standards for its class with a fuel consumption value of 62.8 mpg and CO2 emissions of 119 g/km. In 2009, Volkswagen showed the second-generation Golf BlueMotion in Geneva: here was a concept car whose fuel consumption had been reduced to 74.3 mpg and emissions cut to 99 g/km.

The fact that fuel consumption for the third Golf BlueMotion has now been reduced by another 15 per cent and CO2 emissions by 14 grams per km to a class-leading 85 g/km is a reflection of Volkswagen’s continuous technical progress. With its 50-litre fuel tank and 88.3 mpg fuel consumption, the new Golf has a theoretical range of 970 miles. Assuming an average annual driving distance of 15,000 km (approx. 9,300 miles), most drivers will only have to refuel ten times a year.

The car’s combined fuel consumption has been achieved through innovative lightweight design (including 26 kg less weight in the running gear and 37 kg less in the body), engine-related modifications and a collection of other measures. These include super low rolling resistance tyres with higher air pressure, longer gear ratios (five-speed manual gearbox,the Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems that are standard in all new Golfs, plus specific aerodynamic modifications.

The frontal area of the new Golf was reduced by 0.03 m2 and aerodynamic drag (Cd x A) by nearly 10 per cent. Compared to other Golf models, the aerodynamics of the BlueMotion were also refined by a lowered ride height (by 15 mm), a roof spoiler, lateral air guide elements on the rear window, a masked front grille, partially closed air inlet screens, optimised cooling system airflow, special underfloor panels, optimised brake cooling channels and a C-pillar spoiler. These measures provide the Golf BlueMotion with a Cd value of 0.27, making the car one of the most aerodynamic in its class.

At the heart of the new Golf BlueMotion concept is a 1.6-litre 110 PS TDI from the newly developed EA288 engine series. The four-cylinder 16-valve unit develops its maximum torque of 250 Nm from just 1,500 rpm up to 2,750 rpm.

Various measures such as reduced internal friction, an innovative thermal management system with shortened warm-up phase, exhaust gas recirculation, cylinder pressure sensor, two-stage oil pump, switchable electric water pump and water-cooled intercooler right in the intake manifold result in successfully reducing fuel consumption and emissions. To reduce emissions values further, Volkswagen has also implemented an oxidation catalytic converter, a diesel particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter