Our eagle eyes have been all over the country and we managed to snap some exclusive spy shots of the upcoming Volkswagen Polo GT TDI on test on the Pune-Satara road in Maharashtra. The Polo test mule spotted was in line with the facelifted version showcased at the Geneva Motor Show. Considering the changes are very minimal, Volkswagen did not really bother to camouflage the car or remove the variant monikers from the rear; which is very cool actually.
The front facia receives a redesigned front grille as well as the front bumper,which now sports a chrome highlight running across the bumper. The fog light enclosures too are now a bit smaller than the current model. The headlights however do not get the daytime running LED lights as seen on the international version, nonetheless the smoked headlamps seen in the images come from the current Polo sold internationally. The rear too had minimal changes with the tail light cluster from the current model, whereas the registration plate enclosure saw a revised design. The reflectors too are positioned further at the ends of the rear bumper.
The Volkswagen Polo GT TDI will see a major change under the hood. The 1.6-litre TDI engine will be replaced by a new 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder TDI mill exclusively developed for India. The engine will get a variable-geometry turbo (VGT) and will be tuned to produce around 104 BHP of power for the GT version. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox to keep the shifts as quick as possible. The 1.5-litre TDI engine will replace the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder motor on the regular diesel Polo as well with 89 BHP on tap.
While the date for the launch of the Polo facelift is not confirmed, we expect Volkswagen to launch the updated version of the Polo in May. The German manufacturer will also be manufacturing the new 1.5-litre TDI engine in India, which will help significantly in localising its components. The company will also be able to price the Polo GT TDI more effectively in the segment.