Volkswagen Polo facelift export variant spotted in India
Volkswagen will launch Polo facelift in July 2014, just ahead of Diwali festive season. New Polo will be seen with minor updates, which include LED headlights, electric ORVMs and a redesigned front grille. Also on offer is new alloy design and a revised front grille.
2014 Volkswagen Polo facelift made its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. Already spotted on test in India, the new variant now spotted is a LHD variant, for export markets. Apart from selling in India, VW also exports India made Polo to their markets across the globe.
For India, the 2015 VW Polo receives new fog lamp casing and chrome finishes. Mechanically it will receive a 1.2 liter petrol engine which also powers the current model while a new 1.5 liter turbocharged diesel engine might be introduced to ensure that the VW Polo takes advantage of excise duty benefits.
Where pricing of the new Polo is concerned, there should not be much change. Expect the price to be between INR 5 lakhs to INR 6.5 lakhs. After Polo facelift is launch, VW India will work on launching Vento facelift. Vento facelift could be priced between INR 7.5 lakhs to INR 9.5 lakhs.
Volkswagen has extensive plans for India. The company plans 6 to 7 new launches in India by 2016-17 and will be pumping in added investment into their plant in Chakan near Pune. VW has already invested about €680 million (INR 5,447 crores) into this plant while another €100 million (INR 801 crores) has been set apart for investment over the next three years.
This added investment will see annual production which stands at 100,000 units as on date increase to around 150,000 units in due course with an aim to take this figure all the way upto 200,000 cars by 2017-18. VW is also trying to increase localization content, which will help them price their cars aggressively in the market. They are also planning on adding AMT variants of Polo and Vento in the future.