Volkswagen Polo facelift spied in India: Might get AMT
The all-new Polo was officially revealed about two weeks back. Sales are yet to commence in Europe, or any other country in the world. But, surprisingly the car has landed in India, as it was recently spotted outside Volkswagen India’s plant near Pune.
Changes seen on the new Polo, as compared to the existing one, are new bumpers, LED headlights, chrome line in between the fog lights, more space near the number plate area, and new alloys. On the inside you will see redesigned dashboard, color screen display with infotainment and AC controls. The spy images here, credit to Indian Autos Blog, all these changes are easily noticeable.
As far as engine options are concerned, in Europe, the new Polo will be offered in a choice of new engines, once it goes on sale by June this year. These new engines are more efficient and powerful than the existing one’s. New engines added include 3 cylinder 1.4l diesel in tunes of 75 PS and 90 PS. These will replace the existing diesel mills of 1.2l and 1.6l. The 1.2l TSI engines of the tune 90 PS and 104 PS are retained, along with the 1.4l unit featuring cylinder deactivation. The latter, which delivered 140 PS in the previous model, will deliver 10PS more in the Polo facelift.
As far as engine options for India is concerned, Volkswagen India will offer a downsized variant of the existing 1.6l mill – a 1.5l diesel engine. This shall offer some savings as it comes in a smaller excise duty bracket. It will come in two tunes of 89 bhp and 104 bhp.
Apart from this, MotorBeam reveals that Volkswagen is working on giving their customers the option of Auto Manual Transmission on the Polo and the Vento. Being cheaper than DSG automatic, AMT is also more efficient, and this has caught the attention of car manufacturers in India. After Maruti launched Celerio AMT, Tata announced diesel Zest sedan with AMT and showcased Nano AMT FTRONIC, while Mahindra showcased Quanto AMT at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo.