The 2014 Volkswagen Polo made its first public appearance recently at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The facelift has been spotted testing in India a few times and now, according to a report, Volkswagen will launch the facelifted model for the Indian market in July, this year. We also expect that VW will launch the facelifted Vento at the same time.
The 2014 Polo is just a mid-life facelift and does not carry too many changes. The car has the same overall structure and design with a few cosmetic changes. The front now features a redesigned bumper and grille. The rear of the car also houses a redesigned bumper and tail lamp assembly. The interiors have been given makeover in the form of revised upholstery, an updated centre console, instrument cluster and a new three-spoke steering wheel.
It was earlier reported that Volkswagen was planning to introduce a new 1.5-litre diesel power plant and this new engine is likely to make its debut in the Polo facelift. While this engine produces 104bhp and 250Nm of torque, rumours suggest that the engine will be detuned for the Polo. The engine will comply with government regulations for sub-four metre cars, thus cutting the price of car. Besides this 1.5-litre unit, the Polo will be offered with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 74bhp and 110Nm of torque.
The new 1.5-litre unit will be manufactured locally at the Volkswagen’s plant in Chakan, which should help keep the costs in check. This facelift will help keep the Polo fresh till an all-new car based on the German group’s MQB platform is launched. The Polo goes up against other premium hatchbacks like Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20 and Fiat Punto. It is not known yet whether Volkswagen will immediately launch the GT variants for the Polo and Vento facelift along with the ‘regular’ variants but we expect that they come along a few months later.