Volkswagen has officially announced that Polo will no longer be on sale in the Indian market. For the announcement, they posted a letter that has been written by Polo. The hatchback was on sale in our market for the past 12 years. The Volkswagen dealerships would stop taking bookings for the Polo from June this year.
To celebrate the success of Polo, Volkswagen also launched a limited edition of Polo called Legend Edition. Volkswagen will only make 700 units of this version and it will be based on the top-spec GT TSI variant. The price of the Volkswagen Polo Legend Edition is Rs. 10.25 lakhs ex-showroom.
There are some cosmetic changes made to the car so that it is easy to differentiate it from the regular version of Polo. The changes include Legend branding on the boot and the front fender. There are black coloured decals on the doors, the outside rearview mirrors are finished in black and so are the rear spoiler and the roof.
Mechanically, the Legend Edition is identical to the regular Polo. So, it comes with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine that produces 110 Ps of max power and 175 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to only a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Volkswagen also used to sell a 6-speed manual gearbox with the same engine. Other than this, there also used to be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated MPI engine that produces 75 PS of max power and 95 Nm of peak torque. It was offered only with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Volkswagen started the production of Polo back in 2009 at their Chakan plant in Pune. It was unveiled in India at the 2010 Auto Expo. Throughout the years, Volkswagen kept updating the bumpers and revise the headlamps and tail lamps but the interior never saw a significant update in terms of design. There were also several changes to the engines and the gearboxes about which you can read by clicking here.
Polo was Volkswagen’s first mass-market car that helped gain their market share and build the brand. . Before Polo, Volkswagen was dealing with expensive vehicles like Phaeton, Touareg, Passat, Jetta and Beetle. The manufacturer might not have changed the design of the Polo over the years but it is still one of the best-looking hatchbacks out there. Moreover, it is considered to be the best handling hatchback out there. If a person is an enthusiast then there used to be a high chance that he/she will end up buying a Polo.
Volkswagen has also said that they do not have any plans to launch a replacement for the Polo whereas the international markets have seen several new generations of the Polo. In fact, the letter says that “as I (Polo) move on, I pass my legacy to SUVW and sedan siblings. And I am sure they will take it forward.” The letter here refers to the Taigun mid-size SUV and the upcoming Virtus.