Volkswagen India is all set to launch its much-awaited Polo facelift on July 15th. The company will also launch the updated GT range in August. This premium hatchback gets smart tweaks to both interiors and exteriors. However, the biggest change is given to its mechanical part.
The updated Volkswagen Polo is now equipped with an all-new 1.5-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine that will replace the current 1.2-litre 3-cylinder and the 1.6-litre TDI engine. However, the petrol unit will continue to be powered by the same 1.2-litre 3-pot mill and the 1.2-litre turbocharged engine.
The new 1.5-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine is capable of developing two states of tune- 90PS and 230Nm of torque, and 105PS and 250Nm of peak torque. The new engine features a Variable Geometry turbocharger (VGT) which helps the engine to offer a flat torque curve, high fuel efficiency, low emission and improved acceleration. This engine would help Volkswagen to counter the growing popularity of Honda’s i-DTEC engine and already established 1.3-litre multi-jet engine.
Even the lower spec 90PS engine offers about 15PS and 50Nm of power and torque, respectively, more than the outgoing 1.2-litre diesel engine. Similarly, the updated Polo GT TDI model will get the new 1.5-litre engine that replaces the 1.6-litre engine. This engine comes under the excise duty benefit slab of 18 per cent offered by the Government of India on sub-4 metre and engine less than or equal to 1500cc. Volkswagen is also working on the Vento facelift which will get the more powerful version of the new diesel engine.