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German auto giant Volkswagen is all set to launch the Polo and Vento facelifts in India on 4th September. Both models have been around for a long time and have received limited upgrades and updates since launch.
Both the Polo and Vento facelift variants are expected to feature front design elements and tail-lights that are fairly similar to the limited-edition high-performance Volkswagen GTI. In addition, top-of-the-line variants of the new VW Polo and VW Vento are likely to feature new alloy wheels.
The VW Polo facelift and the VW Vento facelift will feature seat belt reminders, rear parking sensors, and a speed alert system. Dual front airbags and ABS will be offered as a standard across all variants.
We expect that both facelift models will feature a higher number of creature comforts and convenience features in order to keep the cars at par with competition.
Expectations are that the all new VW Polo facelift will arrive with two engine options - a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Both engines are slated to retire before the April 2020 deadline for BS-VI compliance.
The Polo facelift GT variants are also likely to feature the BS-IV compliant 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine and the 1.5-litre diesel engine which are to be phased out before BS-VI emission norms come into effect.
The all new VW Vento facelift is likely to arrive with the existing 1.6-litre petrol, the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol, and the 1.5-litre diesel engine options. Expectations are that the company will upgrade all the engines and make then BS-VI complaint before 1 April 2020.
The Volkswagen Polo currently retails between Rs 5.82 lakh and Rs 9.72 lakh. The hatchback competes with the Maruti Suzuki Swift, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, and the Ford Figo.
The Volkswagen Vento currently retails between Rs 8.75 lakh and Rs 14.34 lakh. The sedan competes with the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, the Honda City, and Hyundai Verna, among others.
All prices mentioned are ex-showroom, India. We expect that the prices will go up marginally when the facelift versions of the Polo and the Vento are launched. In addition, prices will increase again when the company upgrades engines to BS-VI compliance.
The Volkswagen Polo and Vento have been on sale and have witnessed very little upgrades and updates since they launched. Both models are fairly outdated in their segments and the company has seen a drop in sales because of competitors with newer models.
In related news, Volkswagen has begun work on localizing it's BS-VI compliant 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine. The engine is available in international markets but there is no official statement about this engine being featured on the Polo and Vento facelift versions when they launch next month.
Thoughts About The Facelift Models Being Launched
Volkswagen seems to have taken it's time upgrading and updating the Polo and the Vento range of cars, and they're not really done with it. The engine still has to be upgraded but we think VW is waiting to master the diesel engine this time around. New emission laws means they're probably being watched closely after the last emission scandal that bit them really hard. We hope all is well and that the lads at VW are paying more attention this time around.