Volkswagen details - upcoming model

Volkswagen will launch the facelifted versions of the Polo and Vento on 4 September. Changes to the Vento facelift will be limited to cosmetic updates with the engine options likely to remain unchanged.

Exterior updates to the Volkswagen Vento facelift will include blacked out elements such as the roof and the Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs). Also on offer will be new 10 spoke alloy wheels and chrome strips on all four doors and the boot lid.

Engine specifications are likely to be carried over from the outgoing model and hence, the Volkswagen Vento facelift will continue to be available with a range of engine options including the 1.6-litre petrol motor, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol motor and a 1.5-litre diesel motor. Once launched, the Vento facelift will rival against the likes of the Skoda Rapid, Hyundai Verna, Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.

Volkswagen launched the Polo in 2010 to compete with the Hyundai i20 in the premium hatchback segment. The German manufacturer has been tweaking the Polo regularly with cosmetic and equipment upgrades to stay abreast with the competition. Volkswagen also tinkered with idea of hot hatches with Polo GT series.

The latest string of updates on the Polo has made the signature grille a tad bit wider and it gets a chrome accent on the lower slat. The rectangular front fascia continues with the same headlamps but an added chrome strip across the length of the bumper connecting the fog lamp housings gives it more character. The side profile as well as the tail gate is the same but the tail lamp has been slightly revised to make it look modern.

While the interior has been the same black and beige for a long time, the Polo cabin is one of the most pleasant ones in the lot. And with the regular equipment upgrades, the Polo now gets rain-sensing wipers, push-button start and electrically folding wing mirrors for the top-spec Highline trim. The Polo still remains the only hatchback to offer auto up and down functions for all four power windows. It gets height adjustable driver seat on the mid and top variants along with adjustable steering position.