The Volkswagen Polo upgrade has been due for quite some time now, we say so as we have spotted on test Polos as long back as May, 2011. A few cars which we spotted had no visual difference, that points us to just two things. Either Volkswagen is conducting regular testing of the current Polo, or the company is testing something new under the hood. According to CarWale, Volkswagen could very well plonk the Vento’s 1.6 TDI unit into the hood of the Polo, thereby giving the Polo the much needed power it always deserved. The company is still researching this idea as the 1.6-liter engine won’t benefit from small car excise benefit norms and will boost the price of the Polo 1.6 TDI quite significantly.
Volkswagen understands the needs of enthusiasts and offers the Polo with a 1.6-liter petrol unit (from the Vento). But with sharply rising fuel prices, customers prefer to opt for diesel and since the Polo comes with a 1.2-liter, 3-cylinder diesel, many simply opt for the Fiat Grande Punto 90 HP or Hyundai i20 Diesel. The Polo 1.6 TDi will prevent power seeking buyers from walking away from Volkswagen showrooms. The company plans to continue the Polo 1.2 TDi which will serve the needs of majority of the buyers. The Polo 1.6 TDI will be available in Highline trim only and should cost close to Rs. 9 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). The 1.6-liter TDI motor produces 105 BHP of power and 253 Nm of torque, which will result in a sub 10 seconds 0 – 100 kmph time for the Polo 1.6 diesel.
Source – CarWale