Images of the freshly minted 2014 Polo hatchback facelift, parked at Volkswagen India’s dispatch yard at Chakan, off Pune, have just hit the interweb. The Polo Facelift will be launched in India on the 15th of July and shipments are set to begin a few days ahead of the launch.
Test drives and official bookings will commence on the day of the launch. Cosmetically, the Polo Facelift will see minor yet discernible changes inside out. The Polo Facelift’s major mechanical change will come in the diesel engine department.
The 1.2 liter-3 cylinder TDI turbo diesel engine, known to be noisy and generally underpowered for the Polo, will be replaced by a more sprightly 1.5 liter-4 cylinder TDI unit. The new turbo diesel motor is a downsized version of the 1.6 liter-4 cylinder TDI engine found on the likes of the Volkswagen Vento and the Polo GT TDI models.
The smaller engine has been put together specifically for the Indian car market and is expected to be sold with 89 Bhp-220 Nm and 103 Bhp-250 Nm states of tune. A five speed manual gearbox will come standard with this engine. Apart from finding use in the Polo hatchback facelift, the new engine will eventually make its way into the Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid sedans.
Using the 1.5 liter TDI diesel engine on the Polo GT TDI Facelift will allow Volkswagen to price the higher powered variant more competitively as the company stands to gain from the lower excise duty applicable due to the smaller capacity diesel engine.
However, it must be noted that the facelifted GT TDI and TSI variants of the Polo are expected to be launched only in August, a month after the other variants. The 1.2 liter-3 cylinder MPI petrol and 1.2 liter-4 cylinder TSI turbo petrol engines will be retained, along with 5 speed manual and 7 speed dual clutch DSG automatic transmissions respectively.
Spyshots courtesy ThrillOfDriving