After months of waiting and teasing, Volkswagen has officially revealed the Volkswagen Polo Facelift
The 6th generation Volkswagen Polo facelift which is currently on sale in international market, has received a facelift. This Polo is not to be confused with the Polo on sale in India. In India, it is currently the 5th gen Polo which is on sale.
Updated Exterior Styling
2021 Polo facelift features an updated front fascia with a revised front grille and lighting setup comprising a full-width LED light bar that extends to join the new LED DRLs integrated within the headlamps. This gives it a sharper appearance than the outgoing model. The bi-LED projector headlamps and illuminated strip are inspired by its larger sibling- Golf.
The reprofiled front bumper flaunts new C-shaped fog lamp housings on both sides with horizontally positioned fog lamps. It also gets new central air intakes which look wider than before. References to Golf aren’t limited to the front as the rear end too gets a fair share of similarities.
For example, L-shaped headlights have replaced square-shaped ones. Rear bumper has also been redesigned slightly. The list of updates might be slightly longer inside the cabin.
Along with the exteriors, interiors too have received a decent upgrade. The new dashboard boasts the latest infotainment system with a larger touchscreen display measuring up to 9.2-inch. The infotainment system will offer multiple connectivity options and connected features whereas the instrument cluster will feature a fully digital display.
Additionally, a few more driver assistance features are on offer. These are adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist. There is also a basic lane guidance system, which is standard on all models.
Powertrain options on the facelifted model are to be carried over from the current model. The base variant gets 1 liter MPi 79 bhp motor mated to 5 speed MT. Then there is 1.0 TSI 94 hp with either 5 MT or 7 DSG. More powerful TSI 109 hp is only offered with 7 DSG.
The top-spec GTI variant will debut later and will continue to be powered by a 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine and will return an output of 200 horses when paired to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
Polo in India
In India, we continue to get the fifth-gen Polo which hasn’t received any major upgrade since its launch and is not likely to receive one any time spoon. The facelifted Polo is based on the sixth-generation model that has been on sale in international markets for a few years now. Volkswagen is planning to develop a new seventh-gen model but it is not sure whether it will arrive in India or not.
Polo in India is offered with two engine options- a 1.0-litre MPI naturally aspirated petrol mill and a 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol mill. The former returns an output of 75 bhp and 95 Nm of peak torque while being mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The latter kicks out 109 bhp and 175 Nm of peak torque and is paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.