SCOOP: Facelifted VW Polo and Vento on Test in India

2014 Volkswagen Polo Facelift

2014 Volkswagen Polo Facelift

Volkswagen recently published photos of the internationally facelifted versions of the Polo and Polo Cross, which are due for launch at the 84th Geneva Motor Show 2014 (from March 6th to 16th 2014). The Polo now carries over design cues from its elder brother, the Golf, and magages to carry it rather well.

The international versions receive a host of changes in the exterior as well as the interior department, which include:

2014 Volkswagen Polo Facelift

2014 Volkswagen Polo Facelift

New headlamp with LED DRL’s (HighLine and GTI). Regular models get new headlamps with angular reflector accents.

All new front bumper

15″, 16″ or 17″ wheel options

2014 Volkswagen Polo Rear

2014 Volkswagen Polo Rear

All new rear bumper

Redesigned tail lamps

2014 Volkswagen Polo Interior

2014 Volkswagen Polo Interior

New steering wheel

New instrument console

New touch-screen infotainment system

New seat fabric options

New engine options

New body colour options.

 

We recently spotted the facelifted test mules in India, and are happy to report that quite a few of the changes have made it here too:

Changes in the Polo:

2014 Volkswagen Polo Facelift

2014 Volkswagen Polo Facelift

New double- barrel headlamp, but not the international spec LED DRL unit. We get the headlamps from the previous gen international Polo.

2014 Volkswagen Polo Facelift

2014 Volkswagen Polo Facelift (PARDON IMAGE, AS IT WAS TAKEN IN MOTION)

All new mature looking bumper, with the chrome rib running across it.

2014 Volkswagen Polo GT TDI

2014 Volkswagen Polo GT TDI

All new rear bumper

Tail lamps remain unchanged.

Introduction of the new 1.5L TDI engine in the GT TDI variant

‘VOLKSWAGEN’ badging removed from the rear.

New instrument console

Redesigned AC air vents

60:40 split rear seat

New multi-function steering wheel.

Redesigned climate control unit.

Seat fabrics changed

Touchscreen infotainment system to be an accessory option

 

2014 Volkswagen Vento Facelift

2014 Volkswagen Vento Facelift

We did spot a Vento on test, with similar new double-barrel headlamp setup. This was the only visible exterior change apart from the missing ‘VOLKSWAGEN’ badging. The Vento would be launched with the interior changes as well, although at a later date. The 1.6L TDI engine of the current Vento will also be replaced by the newer 1.5L TDI unit. Sales of the Vento have not been as satisfactory for VW India, and we beleive that this could be the reason for lack of commitment towards it.

The New Polo will be launched around May 2014 and the New Vento is expected to be launched between after August 2014.

 

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