Volkswagen Polo and Vento have had underwhelming sales in India. The upcoming facelift could help increase consumer interest.
Volkswagen India has always been an underdog in the Indian market. Sales have been moderate at best, and VW has been unable to generate the same levels of interest as its sibling brands, Skoda and Audi, in India. That hasn’t stopped them from trying though. The Ameo was VW’s most sincere attempt at catering specifically to the Indian market, but it didn’t enjoy the success it should’ve had.
Recently were a lot of spy shots of the upcoming VW Polo and Vento have been floating around, and with such aggressive testing, it was imminent that the launch would happen soon. Now, Volkswagen is set to launch facelifted versions of its Polo and Vento next week, on September 4th, 2019.
As apparent in the pictures, the changes are rather subtle, and you could easily mistake the new car for the old one. Let’s go through the changes in detail, starting with the front. The front grille is features Honeycomb pattern instead of horizontal slats. Even the front bumper is redesigned, and you get a small lip on the front. Sadly, the headlamps aren’t LED units, unlike a lot of cars that have been launched recently.
On the sides, you can see some additional bodywork, but only if you look closely. There is a very subtle side skirt, which looks extremely cool, but other that the look is clean and minimalistic. The rear now gets darker glass for the taillights, on both the Polo and Vento. The former also gets a roof spoiler, to add a sporty touch. Also, the roof has been blacked out, which looks more Skoda than VW.
The second biggest problem with the design, however, is that you get a straight antenna instead of a shark fin, which breaks the otherwise premium look. The biggest problem? The 10-spoked grey alloy wheels, which look like they belong in the previous decade. Diamond cut alloys would’ve looked better.
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Currently, we get a 1-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine on the Polo, which makes 75 Bhp. There is also a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine available, which makes 89 Bhp. The Vento offers three engine options; a 103 Bhp 1.6-liter petrol engine, a 104 Bhp 1.2-litre turbo-petrol, and a 109 Bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine. The latter two engines are also offered in the Polo GT.
As of now, these engines aren’t BSVI compliant, but as there is time till the April 2020 deadline, VW is expected to bring in new engines later.