Just a few days ago we reported Volkswagen has discontinued the Polo 1.6 and now the facelift of the Polo has been spotted. The German automaker will soon launch the updated Polo, which will get cosmetic changes and could also get 4-cylinder engines. This is a mid-life facelift for the Polo, until the next generation model is launched in 2014. Volkswagen’s marketing department had quit recently, owing to the poor sales of the Polo. However Volkswagen seems to be ready to respond with the updated Polo this festive season.
Changes to the Volkswagen Polo will include black inserts on the headlights, smoked tail lights and new alloy wheels. The interiors will receive upgrades as well with a new audio system having touch controls and Bluetooth connectivity. The Polo Highline will get steering mounted audio controls as well. Volkswagen will also bring an automatic gearbox in the Polo petrol, details of which are still not known. All these changes will give the Polo a minor boost till VW is able to bring in the vastly improved Mark VI Polo.
Once Volkswagen launches the Polo minor facelift, once can expect Skoda to follow up with similar changes to the Fabia. The Fabia is not selling and Skoda is more worried than VW regarding the poor sales. Thus both companies are working extensively on their premium hatchbacks to boost volumes and increase market share in the Indian market. Maruti Suzuki launched the new Swift last year, while Hyundai upgraded the i20 earlier this year. Ford will be launching an update to the Figo soon and Nissan plans to give the Micra a mid-life facelift next year.
Update (12/08/2012) – The upgraded Volkswagen Polo was spotted by MotorBeam correspondent Mohit Soni in Mumbai. The spied vehicles seems to be the Comfortline variant and has different alloy wheels compared to the current Polo.
Front Spy Picture Source – Autocar India