Volkswagen was recently in news because of the probable discontinuation of the Ameo sub-compact sedan. The company has not been doing very well in India since some time now and to boost a fresh lease of life in its cars, it has planned to bring the faclelifted version of its cars. Recently, some spyshots have surfaced which suggest the same. Below you can see the camouflaged Volkswagen Vento and at some distance from it, a camouflaged Polo undergoing testing. Both the car have had not seen a facelift since some time now and therefore the company is updating them to keep up with the competition.
The spy shots suggest that the facelifts will not come with any major changes and will get minor tweaks here and there to refreshen its aesthetics. The bumper and grilles of both cars will be updated and will likely get sharper. The Polo facelift will borrow heavily from its performance-oriented GTi variant and get a sportier nose along with dual tone rear bumper. The Ventro will also sport similar changes and it is unlikely that the interiors will be given a major overhaul.
It is unlikely that Volkswagen will bring the facelifts with any engine or gearbox updates. Both cars are expected to run on the same set of engines as the current generation models. The Volkswagen Polo comes with a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces 75 Bhp of power and 95 Nm of torque. The diesel variant of the Polo is powered by a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder unit that churns out 89 Bhp of power along with 230 Nm of torque. On the Polo GT TDI, this engine makes 108 Bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque. The Polo GT TSI comes equipped with a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit that produces 104 Bhp of power and 175 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and 7-speed DSG gearbox.
The Volkswagen Vento, on the other hand, comes with three engine options. two of which are petrol and one diesel. The 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine generates 103 Bhp of power along with 153 Nm of torque and gets a five-speed manual transmission. The other petrol engine is a 1.2-litre turbocharged unit that churns out 105 Bhp of power along with 175 Nm of torque and gets 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Lastly, the diesel engine is a 1.5-litre unit that generates 108 Bhp of power along with 250 Nm of torque and gets a five-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission options.
Come 2021 and Volkswagen will launch the new generation Vento which is already sold internationally as Virtus. It will be based on the MQB A0 IN platform, which is a heavily localised version of the MQB global platform. The assembly will be taken care of by Skoda which foresees Volkswagen’s operations in India.