Volkswagen India is planning to give a mid-life update to its popular Polo hatchback and the Vento sedan. The new Volkswagen Polo and Vento are likely to see minor aesthetic changes (especially at the front end) along with a bunch of new features. Mechanically, both the cars are likely to remain unchanged.
Just so you know, the German carmaker replaced the 75bhp, 1.2L MPI petrol engine with a new 1.0L MPI unit in the Polo hatchback early this year. Along with the new gasoline motor, the hatchback also comes with a 1.2L turbocharged TSI and 1.5L diesel powertrains. The VW Vento sedan, on the hand, comes with 103.5bhp, 1.6L petrol, 1.2L and 108.5bhp, 1.5L diesel engine options.
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While the new-generation Volkswagen Vento is likely to hit Indian roads sometime in 2021, the launch of the sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo is still unsure. The VW Vento and Polo were first launched in 2009 and 2010 respectively, and both the cars witnessed last update in Q3, 2014.
Besides this, the German carmaker is also considering to bring in new vehicles via CBU (Completely Built-up Unit) route. Though, the company has no plan to launch the new Jetta in the country. Talking to an online media publication, Mr. Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, confirmed that the Volkswagen Group aims to produce 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) on annual basis by 2025. However, the government’s strict taxation policy and lack of EV infrastructure put off its plan to launch EVs in India in near future. Read: Volkswagen T-Cross – 5 things to know
The report further claims that the German carmaker, with the new import norms, might consider to bring in the new Audi A1 rival in the Indian market. Currently, the DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade) allows import homologation-free four-wheelers priced above $40,000 (Rs 27 lakh). The government might allow the import of the vehicles certified by internationally accepted test agencies.
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