- Volkswagen Polo Facelift and Volkswagen Vento Facelift gets major styling updates.
- Will have increased creature comforts.
- Likely to be last update before discontinuation in April 2020.
A major update of the Volkswagen Polo and Volkswagen Vento will be launched on September 4, and it brings along a bunch of styling updates and a longer list of creature comforts. Both models have been in production for well over a decade with very minimal updates to the chassis and suspension but quite a few new powertrain options have been added over the years.
The Polo has been captured in spy shots, and we can see that it gains a front bumper from the GTI that was sold as a halo model for a while in India. The bumper design can trace its way back to the VW Polo R WRC road car that went on sale three years ago. It even gets a honeycomb grille that has so far been one of the signatures of GTI models from the brand, but it stops short of mirroring the design of the GTI’s bumper completely; it uses a honeycomb design for the bumper as well. Wheels with a different design are also seen, and the tail lamps will finally revert to LEDs. The rear bumper also gets a trapezoid matte black element that echoes the number plate recess.
The interior already has a number of creature comforts, including a colour touchscreen with reverse camera, electronic auto dimming rearview mirror, and automatic windshield wipers. It was updated with standard ABS and dual airbags quite a few years ago, and now all variants will get seatbelt reminders for the front occupants, parking sensors at the back, and a speed warning system as mandated by law. We can reasonably expect this list to get significantly longer with the update.
Engine options are expected to consist of the 1.0-litre 76bhp petrol, 1.5-litre 90bhp diesel, 1.5-litre 110bhp diesel and 105bhp 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine. The latter two are expected to power the GT variants of the Polo. The Vento will continue with the 1.6-litre 105bhp petrol, 1.2-litre 105bhp TSI petrol, and 1.5-litre 110bhp diesel. All these engines are not BS Vl compliant, however, so it remains to be seen what VW decides to do, should these cars continue to be on sale beyond April 2020. The company is working on localising a 1.0-litre TSI engine which should fit the bill well.
The Polo competes with the likes of the Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS, and Ford Figo, and the Vento with the Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, and Hyundai Verna. Widely considered to be the best drivers’ cars in their respective segments, the VW Polo and Vento nevertheless have faced low sales for a long time now. VW has stated that it is highly unlikely that the Polo as we know it will continue in the Indian market, should they choose to retain the brand name. However, the new Vento will likely make it to the Indian market in two years’ time.
Credit: Autocar India