According to latest reports, German automaker Volkswagen is preparing to roll out the Polo Facelift into the Indian market on 15th of July 2014. Internally known as the Polo GP, the model was first seen at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
Though the 2014 Polo Facelift features minor styling and design updates, the big news revolves around the mechanical bits. Volkswagen’s downsized-for-India 1.5-litre TDI engine, which is essentially, a downsized version of the Vento’s EA189 1.6 TDI motor will debut in the Polo Facelift. The same powertrain also powers the Polo GT TDI in India. With a cubic capacity of 1.5-litre, this new engine become eligible for the lower excise tax bracket for small cars and will replace the existing 1.2-litre, three cylinder diesel engine.
The 4-cylinder 1.5 TDI engine could be offered in two states of tune - one that produces 90PS and the other that puts out 105PS of max power. The standard Polo will get the 90PS engine, while the more powerful 105PS powerplant - expected with a variable-geometry-turbo (VGT) - will power the 2014 Volkswagen Polo GT TDI and the Vento sedan. Furthermore, Volkswagen’s popular Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) will also reportedly, debut in the new Polo - becoming the company’s first diesel hatchback with an automatic transmission in India. The petrol range on the other hand, will continue to be powered with the same 1.2-litre naturally aspirated three-cylinder engine and a 1.2-litre TSI four-cylinder engine.
Styling updates on the new upcoming Polo includes, new headlights with LEDs, foldable ORVMs, a chrome strip at the bottom of the grille and minor tweaks at the rear. Feature updates includes, reverse parking aid, GPS system, new steering wheel, redesigned centre console with a new colour display, new air-con controls and an updated infotainment system.