Volkswagen has been relying on minor refreshes and major mechanical and feature changes to keep the Polo alive in the Indian market. The company recently launched the India-made Polo vRS, a 140 Bhp version of the hatchback in Indonesia. This car could soon arrive in India. Here are some reasons why.
Volkswagen India has no plans of launching the next-generation, all-new Polo here at least until 2021. This means that there are still three full years for the current Polo to sell here. Launched in 2010, Polo is already 8 years old, and sales have been steadily falling. To make the car more exciting, Volkswagen is expected to soon slip in the Polo 1.2 TSI with vRS state of tune, which means that it will have 140 Bhp-230 Nm outputs.
This engine is already offered on the Polo GT TSI, but in 105 Bhp-175 Nm state of tune. Boosting outputs is just a matter of a remap, which is expected to soon be offered on the India-spec Polo GT as well. The transmission will continue to be the 7 speed, twin clutch automatic unit, popularly known as the DSG unit. Now, all Volkswagen India needs to do is to remap the engine and add some features to the car in order to bring it up to vRS trim.
The Polo vRS gets a few other cosmetic changes to differentiate it from the regular Polo. There is a black front spoiler that gives it a lowered stance, a black roof mounted rear spoiler, blacked out alloy wheels, blacked out wing mirror housings, vRS decals on the sides, black side skirts and rear bumper extensions. The car also gets an armrest on the inside for a more comfortable drive for the driver.
Offering the new state of tune on the Polo will keep the car fresh and allow Volkswagen to focus on enthusiasts, who would happily pay about Rs. 1 lakh extra for the more powerful version of the Polo. The same state of tune could be offered on the Vento TSI as well. Will these changes help the Polo stick around until 2021 and remain relevant in the hugely competitive Indian hatchback market? We think so.