German automaker Volkswagen will increase prices of the Polo hatchback and Vento sedan range from January 2021 sold in India. Both cars could get a price hike of up to 2.5 %. The price hike has been attributed to rising input costs, and Volkswagen joins a range of automakers in India such as Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda, Tata Motors, Mahindra and others in announcing price hikes on cars from January 2021.
Volkswagen sells four cars in India – the Polo hatchback, the Vento C-Segment sedan, the T-Roc compact SUV and the Tiguan AllSpace 7 seat SUV. While the Polo and Vento are built at Volkswagen’s Chakan factory with extensive localization, the Tiguan AllSpace is assembled at Skoda’s Aurangabad factory through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route. The T-Roc is imported as a completely built unit (CBU).
The Polo hatchback is the automaker’s entry-level offering that starts from Rs. 5.88 lakh, and competes with a range of hatchbacks such as the Maruti Swift, Ford Figo and Hyundai Grand i10. The Polo is now a petrol-only offering, and is offered with two engines: a 1 liter-3 cylinder naturally aspirated motor with Bhp and 95 Nm, and 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol motor with 109 Bhp-175 Nm. While the naturally aspirated motor gets a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard, the turbo petrol motor is offered with 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox options.
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The Vento is Volkswagen’s other volumes bagger. The C-Segment sedan takes on the Honda City, Skoda Rapid, Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and other cars in the segment. Like the Polo, the Vento is a petrol-only offering and uses the 1 liter-3 cylinder turbo petrol engine in the same state as that of the Polo. 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearboxes are offered on the Vento, which is one of the most solidly built offerings in the market. Prices of the Vento start from Rs. 8.98 lakh. The Vento will be replaced with an all-new model in 2022.
The Tiguan AllSpace 7 seat SUV is a premium offering from Volkswagen. A Skoda Kodiaq and Honda CR-V rival, the Tiguan AllSpace starts from Rs. 33.24 lakh, ex-showroom. The Tiguan AllSpace is also a petrol only offering, and is powered by a 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged motor with 188 Bhp-320 Nm on tap. A 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox is standard with this engine, which drives all four wheels of the SUV through a Haldex clutch. Solidly built and premium, the Tiguan AllSpace is Volkswagen’s flagship offering.
The T-Roc is another premium SUV that Volkswagen sells in India. The T-Roc is meant to be a brand builder, showcasing the automaker’s capabilities in the compact SUV segment. Imported into India as a completely built unit (CBU), the T-Roc is powered by a turbocharged petrol engine. The 1.5 liter-4 cylinder TSI turbo petrol motor makes 148 Bhp of peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque. This motor gets cylinder deactivation technology to boost mileage and cut emissions. A 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox drives the front wheels of the T-Roc. Prices of the T-Roc start from Rs. 19.99 lakh, ex-showroom.
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