Well, here it is again. The upcoming VW Polo facelift has been snapped by Autocarindia.com. Don’t get befooled by the two-tone colors on this mule as this is essentially an orange colored car (a new introduction) with white covering on various parts.
This Polo obviously has been snapped up while awaiting a drink at a petrol pump at some place near its assembly plant Chakan. And since the photographer had ample time to take in quite a few snaps without being chivvied by the VW driver/engineer accompanying the car, we have ample amount of snaps to decipher a lot about the car. The new Polo facelift is expected to be launched as soon as next month.
The changes have been subtle, thankfully. The mature look persists and one could praise VW for keeping it. It’s one of a very few small cars in the country which a gentleman can drive without feeling intimidated by the other guy on his Verna or City.
On the outside, it gets the following changes:
- New headlamp cluster with no LED DRLs of international model
- new grille with a single horizontal chrome strip
- New long chrome strip on the bumper
- newly designed foglight enclosures
- New bumper with larger air dam
At the rear also, things are a wee bit changed – the redesigned bumper houses a bigger place for the number plate. We also see the inclusion of reflectors integrated at the bottom of the bumper.
This is the first time, the interiors of the facelifted Polo have been snapped and what we see is not really anything surprising, as expected. There is a new 3-spoke steering wheel, steering mounted controls, new information screen, center console in silver accents and outlines and similar instrument cluster dials.
Polo is a grown-up product alright, but for the oomph that the engines available give out, Polo needed a real hustler under the bonnet and it seems VW has been aware of it. The 1.6L TDI was taking the car in the ‘mid-sized’ car segment.
There is talk of the new 1.5-litre TDI engine being introduced as an upgrade. The engine is expected to be tuned to produce an economic 89 bhp as well as 104 bhp for people who like a bit of verve in the things they do. The 1.2L 3-cylinder and 1.2L Turbocharged TSI petrol engines are expected to continue, while we do not have a clear clue if Volkswagen will persist with the tractor-sounding 1.2L 3-pot diesel or not.