Volkswagen India plans to refresh its best selling car models – the Polo hatchback and the Vento sedan – later this year. Both cars will get mild makeovers and mechanical changes. An all-new Polo is on the cards next year, which is also the time when the Vento will see a more comprehensive facelift.
Volkswagen India has already begun testing the Polo Facelift on Indian roads. The facelifted Polo will be launched around July 2014. The car will get minor aesthetic changes that include new front and rear bumpers, chrome bits, revised headlamps, and subtly tweaked interiors with a new steering wheel and seat fabric.
Under the hood, a 1.4 liter-3 cylinder turbo diesel engine could be introduced as the major mechanical change. The new 1.4 liter-3 cylinder TDI turbo diesel engine is available in 75 Bhp, 90 Bhp and 105 Bhp states of tune, with the torque getting a bump up, from 175 Nm of the 1.2 liter TDI motor, to 210 Nm even on the base 75 Bhp tune on the 1.4 liter turbo diesel engine. The 1.4 liter TDI motor replaces the 1.2 liter TDI unit.
By retaining the 3 cylinder layout on the 1.4 liter TDI diesel engine, Volkswagen has aimed to offer stellar fuel economy. The new engine also gets various tweaks to reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels. The 1.4 liter-3 potter is eventually expected to power the Vento sedan as well.
Like the Polo, the Vento will get a mild facelift by the end of this year. Apart from the addition of the new 1.4 liter TDI turbo diesel engine, the Vento is likely to see stylistic changes. A full refresh of the sedan will come only next year. Volkswagen gave the Vento a new 1.2 liter TSI turbo petrol engine and a 7 speed dual clutch DSG automatic gearbox last year.
Also under consideration are the automated manual transmissions (AMT) for the Polo and the Vento sold in India. Volkswagen has introduced a semi-automatic gearbox (called the ASG) on the Up! hatchback. Click here to know more about why it makes sense for the India-spec Polo and Vento to hop onto the AMT.