That Volkswagen is working on the facelifted version of Polo and Vento is something that we already knew. Both the cars had been spotted testing already before under heavy camouflage and with slight body tweaks. However, reports now suggest that the company has started testing its new EA211 series, 1.0-litre TSI engine in India. This new engine will be a BSVI compliant unit and will replace the older engine, non-compliant engines in the company’s lineup here. This engine is already used on Volkswagen group cars internationally and will now be assembled locally.
The new EA211 series petrol engine, as already mentioned, will replace the current Indian made engines available on Volkswagen Group cars here. This includes the 1.6-litre MPI engine (EA111) and the 1.2-litre TSI engine. This translates into a heart transplant for cars like the Skoda Rapid, Vento, Polo GT TSI and the Vento TSI. As a part of its new strategy for India, the Volkswagen Group had announced last year that it will start the local assembly of the new 1.0-litre TSI engine in India. As for the power outputs, this new engine comes in two states of tune – the lower tune offering 94 hp of power while the higher engine tune offering 115 hp of power.
Talking about the technical details of the new BSVI compliant EA211 series of engines, they feature a cast-aluminium block and cylinder head with an integrated exhaust manifold. Apart from this, the engines also get forged connecting rods along with aluminium pistons which are more compact, lighter and generate less friction. This, in turn, makes them more efficient than the current lot of naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines and helps it clear the BSVI emission norms. Set to kick in from mid-2020, the BSVI norms have led to a whole lot of changes in the industry apart from being the reason for discontinuation of a few vehicles.
The Volkswagen Group will launch two SUVs during the 2020-21 timeline in India that will be powered by the larger 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol engine. The 1.0-litre engine, on the other hand, would probably power the likes of the Volkswagen Virtus, which is the replacement for the ageing Vento. The Virtus has already been launched in South American markets and is larger as well as smarter than the Vento. However, there is still some time before the Virtus makes it to India and when it does, it will be powered by the higher-tuned variant of the 1.0-litre engine that puts out 114 hp of peak power and about 200Nm of peak torque. For now, the company will launch the facelifted versions of the Polo and Vento here in the coming months which will keep them fresh enough to keep up with the competition.