The Volkswagen Polo was a star attraction at the recently concluded 2010 Auto Expo – but that was the hatchback version.
The VW Polo hatchback version is expected to be available in dealerships from March 2010.
Latest update: Volkswagen Polo road test and photo gallery, earlier update: Volkswagen Polo launched, prices starting Rs 4.34 lakh
The company has already announced its intention to introduce a sedan version of the Polo in India. The VW Polo sedan, it is believed, is a well-integrated design – in other words, the boot does not look like an afterthought, as is common for hatchbacks converted to sedans! We all know the worst example of this – the Suzuki Swift DZire.
VW Polo hatch launch at Auto Expo video
VW Polo sedan by Q2 2010
The VW Polo sedan is expected to hit Indian roads in the second half of 2010. Obviously no prices are available at this point, but we expect it to be priced some Rs 75 to Rs 1 lakh above the hatchback version.
Once launched, the Volkswagen Polo sedan will have to battle it out with the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Verna, Suzuki SX4 and the upcoming Toyota Etios sedan.
Volkswagen currently sells its Beetle, Jetta and Passat car models in India.
Plans are to ensure localisation of around 50 per cent in the Indian Volkswagen Polo to keep costs under control. The numbers game is where Volkswagen has not been doing great in India thanks to the expensive cars in its lineup so far – the VW Polo, and the following Polo sedan, should be able to rectify that issue to a large extent.
Petrol and diesel engines for VW Polo sedan
The current Volkswagen Polo hatchback comes with a choice of petrol and diesel motive power. The 1200 cc petrol engine produces 75 bhp at 5400 rpm, and a maximum torque of 110 Nm at 3750 rpm. The diesel engine too is a 1200 cc unit, producing 75 bhp at 4200 rpm, and 180 Nm max torque at 2000 rpm. It is quite likely that the company would decide to plonk in the same two engines into the Volkswagen Polo sedan too. Perhaps change the gearing a bit to make it more suitable for the extra weight.
The hatchback Polo is available in three trim levels: TrendLine, ComfortLine and HighLine.