Snapshot – Volkswagen is in a consolidation phase in India. The German car maker plans to refresh and revamp its existing line of cars rather than coming up with all-new products. The Polo hatchback and the Vento sedan, the mainstay of Volkswagen in India, will be the major focus area over the next couple of years. CarToq gives you a round up on what to expect from Volkswagen in 2014 and 2015.
The facelifted Polo hatchback was showcased at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The facelifted car has been spotted testing in India and is likely to be launched here in the second half of this year. Apart from minor cosmetic changes, the real story around the Polo Facelift will center around the new 1.4 liter-3 cylinder turbo diesel engine that is likely to replace both the 1.2 liter and 1.6 liter TDI motors. Expect the facelifted Polo hatchback to get additional features.
Polo and Vento Diesel Automatics
Both the Polo hatchback and the Vento sedan will get a new turbo diesel engine, likely to be the 1.4 liter-3 cylinder TDI motor that was recently announced through the Polo Facelift. This engine, capable of supporting multiple states of tune, will be a more fuel efficient replacement to the 1.2 liter and 1.4 liter TDI motors. Apart from replacing the existing line up of turbo diesel engines on the Polo and the Vento, the new diesel engine will come with the 6 speed dual clutch DSG gearbox. With the dual clutch automatic gearbox in tow, the Polo and the Vento Diesels will be leaders in their respective segments in terms of technology on offer.
The Jetta sedan has received a facelift, which was showcased at the 2014 New York Motor Show. This facelift is eventually expected to be adapted to the Indian version of the car. Volkswagen assembled the Jetta in India through the CKD kit route and international changes usually get reflected on the Indian version in a few months after the global launch. The facelifted Jetta will continue to be sold with turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines. However, these engines will be more powerful as they have been configured for use in cars based on the MQB platform.
While the Polo Facelift will be a minor affair, the Vento is likely to get a more comprehensive revamp, the sedan’s first in over three years of the car being on sale in India. The facelifted Vento will get a bunch of mechanical changes such as the new 1.4 liter TDI turbo diesel motor and a DSG dual clutch gearbox, stuff that the car is likely to receive before the actual facelift.
Volkswagen is developing an all-new Passat luxury sedan. The new Passat will be based on the MQB platform, which it will share with the next generation Skoda Superb. The all-new Passat is expected to be larger than the outgoing model with the engines also jumping to a modular construction. The all-new Passat is expected to make its debut later this year. India’s tryst with the next-generation Passat is likely to happen in 2015.