Volkswagen India has joined the long list of car makers in India who’ve effected price hikes in January 2013, the month which invariably sees car prices going northward in general, what with all the end-of-year discounts doled out by most car makers in December of the previous year. The ex-showroom prices of the Polo hatchback and Vento sedan, mainstays of the German brand in the Indian car market have seen hikes of about 2.27%. So, expect these cars to be dearer by about 3% when you drive one off from your nearest Volkswagen showroom.
Along with the price hike, Volkswagen India has tried to sweeten the deal by adding a feature or two on the Vento and the Polo. While the Vento Highline gets a upgraded music system, the RCD320 unit, that now comes with Aux-In and SD card reading capabilities, the Polo Highline gets automatic climate control, Climatronic in VDub speak. These changes apart, the cars remain bog similar to their 2012 versions. Talking of which, the 2012 models of the Polo and Vento did get a refresh of sorts, with a facelift for the Highline variants while the lower spec variants did see addition of a few other features.
Both the Volkswagen Polo hatchback and the Vento sedan are available with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. Volkswagen India is said to be working on new fuel variants and engine options for these cars. 2013 is expected to see the launch of CNG-Petrol dual fuel variants on both the Polo and the Vento. The Polo is also expected to see a new top-of-the-line model, replete with the 1.2 Liter TSI turbo petrol. This motor will replace the now-discontinued Polo 1.6 and is expected to deliver much better performance and fuel economy at a similar cost of the erstwhile Polo 1.6.
Also, a Polo Cross variant, a-la-Skoda Fabia Scout, is expected to be launched by Volkswagen India in the new few months of 2013. Volkswagen is also working on a more powerful turbo diesel engine for the Polo hatchback, in the form of the 1.5 Liter TDI mill. This move from Volkswagen comes at a time when the current 1.2 Liter TDI turbo diesel engine is found wanting in power when the right foot demands for it. So, a more powerful turbo diesel engine will make the Polo a much more livelier car, a car capable of taking advantage of its chassis’ excellent handling dynamics.