Volkswagen has launched the Polo facelift this month in India with a new diesel engine and the focus now shifts to the rest of the lineup from Volkswagen as well as Skoda.
Next up will be the C-segment sedan Vento which will receive the update. According to a report on Zigwheels.com, 2014 Vento facelift will be launched in September this year ie two months from now. Vento is a fantastic car with fine build quality, fit and finish, and a great ride to boot, but it has been rapidly losing out to the new Honda City and the Hyundai Verna, both of which are perceived as fresher designs by potential customers.
Moreover, both the Honda and Hyundai come with a plethora of in-cabin features and equipment, which is something that the Vento has always lacked. Volkswagen’s efforts to spike up sales by offering better-equipped special editions of the car did not really help matters much.
The Germans understand the need of the hour and will be launching the upgraded Vento within the next two months. Like the Polo, expect the sedan with brightened-up interiors and Volkswagen should be adding more features and equipment to get the Vento on a par with the City and Verna. People who could not care less about the inconspicuous looks of the Vento can now look forward to new front and rear bumpers, redesigned headlights, sharper face, new taillights, and possibly new design alloys as well.
The Vento at present comes with three engine options, a diesel and two petrols. The 1.6-litre diesel puts out 105PS at 4,400 rpm while it has the best torque rating of the three engines at 250 Nm which is available between 1,500-2,500 rpm. The 1.6-litre petrol again belts out 105PS but at a higher 5,250 rpm. The torque produced is the lowest of the three engines – 153 Nm at 3,800 rpm.
The real maverick is the 1.2L turbocharged TSi petrol engine that not only produces the same amount of peak power at 250 rpm less, but also churns out more torque – all 175 Nm of it can be tapped between 1,500-4,100 rpm. This engine comes mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox, whereas the other two get the standard 5-speed manual. The new Vento will carry the same petrol engines but, like the new Volkswagen Polo, it will sport the new 1.5L diesel engine in the higher tune which produces 105PS of power at 4400 rpm and 250Nm of torque between 1500 to 2500 rpm.