Volkswagen had been testing the facelifted models of the Polo and Vento for a few months and now latest inputs suggest that both the cars will be launched soon. According to a report by Autocar India, Volkswagen India will launch the facelifted models of the Polo hatchback and Vento midsize sedan on September 4, 2019. This makes the two cars about a week away from now. Various spy shots of both the cars have surfaced till date which provide a good insight about the changes expected on the facelifts.
Speaking of which, both the Polo and Vento facelift will have an updated front end design with new styling elements inspired by the Volkswagen Polo GTI. The front grille will carry a honeycomb pattern lined by chrome at the bottom while the roof will get a black wrap. However, this dual-tone paint scheme is likely to be offered only on the high-end variants. The Polo and Vento facelift will also get rear spoilers that will enhance the sporty look of both the cars. Other additions include sporty bumper inserts in black and side skirts.
The tail-light design will be slightly different and similar to the GTI variant. Higher spec variants of both the cars are likely to get new design alloy wheels with a grey finish. Talking about safety features, both cars will get front seat seatbelt reminders, rear parking sensors and a speed alert system. The interiors of both the vehicles are not expected to receive a major overhaul but a slight redesign along with the addition of creature comforts and convenience features is expected.
Talking about the engine options on the Polo and Vento facelift, rumours were rife that the Bharat Stage 6 compliant 1-litre 3 cylinder TSI turbocharged petrol engine will be made available on both cars. However, this is not yet confirmed although Volkswagen has begun work on localising this unit. For now, the Polo is expected to come with the 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel engine. The former has an output of 75 Bhp/95 Nm while the latter has an output of 89 Bhp/230 Nm.
The Polo GT variants, on the other hand, are also likely to carry on with the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol 1.5-litre diesel motors for now. Here, the former has an output of 103 Bhp/175 Nm while the latter has an output of 108 Bhp/250 Nm. Coming to the Vento, the sedan is also likely to carry on with the same 1.6-litre petrol engine, the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel engines.
Do note that all these engine options will be discontinued before the April 2020 BSVI deadline as they are not compliant with the latest emission norms. Volkswagen will bring the next-generation model of the Vento on our shores by 2021 though. The car is already sold in several international markets under the nameplate of Virtus.