Volkswagen has revealed its facelifted Polo hatchback for 2014. The new Polo incorporates quite a few exterior changes, even though it looks very similar to the outgoing edition. Though the Polo facelift for 2014 won’t really possess much mechanical changes, we feel the mid-life upgrade is good enough for focusing on.
DESIGN & STYLING CHANGES
The design upgrades are very subtle, and it would take even a seasoned eye some time to spot the changes. Take the redesigned bumpers as an example. There isn’t a radical departure from that of the older one. The new Polo also gets a redesigned chin, and a chrome strip that runs around the lower section of the front bumpers underneath the fog lamps. The headlamp shape remains the same, but they get hexagonal LED accents as optional packs.
At the rear, the Polo facelift gets a new bumper and a couple of new tail-light setups.
The interiors of the Polo are now more stylish and fresher. There is a redesigned instrument cluster with a new colour display on the dashboard. Controls of the infotainment system and the air-conditioning system have been redesigned, and they look plusher now. The icing on the cake is the very stylish looking steering wheel, which does remind us a bit of another famous car from the stables of Volkswagen.
POWERTRAIN & MECHANICALS
Forget about what Volkswagen will offer internationally, let us talk about what India will get. First up, let us understand that Volkswagen is planning to launch this new 2014 Polo in May in India.
And according to an earlier report, it has been revealed that VW is preparing new-gen 1.5L diesel engines for the Polo and Vento which will be available in two state of tunes – 90PS and 105PS. If this engine is ready by now, VW will go ahead with this engine. They always have the regular 1.2L 3-cylinder motor to do duty along with the 1.6L TDI Diesel engine that outputs 105PS of power and 250Nm of torque.
For the petrolheads, VW has the regular 1.2L 3 cylinder engine and the 1.2L 105PS, 175Nm 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine to woo the masses.
The new Polo also gets an electro-mechanical steering system which improves efficiency and gives more precise control. There is also an optional Sport Select Suspension system that uses electronically controlled dampers to switch between two suspension settings.
So, this battle of the hatches is getting fiercer with time as we witness better power, plusher options. Bring it on Volkswagen!