Polo is finally being phased out by Volkswagen. From June of this year, dealerships will no longer accept Polo reservations. Volkswagen has introduced the Legend Edition of the Polo to commemorate the success of the Polo. It is priced ex-showroom at Rs. 10.25 lakhs. The Polo Legend Edition will be limited to 700 pieces.
Volkswagen Polo has been on sale in India for the past 12 years, having initially debuted in 2010. Volkswagen updated the Polo over time, but the alterations were minor. The design remained almost unchanged. The parts inside the headlights and taillights have been replaced. As the facelifts were introduced, the bumpers were also modified. However, the design remained the same.
The Polo was introduced by Volkswagen in March of 2010. It was available with two engines: Petrol and diesel. Both were three-cylinder engines with a displacement of 1.2 liters and were not very powerful or enthusiast-oriented. The petrol engine developed a maximum output of 74 bhp and a peak torque of 110 Nm. The diesel engine had a maximum power of 74 bhp and a peak torque of 180 Nm. Both engines came with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Volkswagen Polo History
Enthusiasts wished for a more powerful engine that could take advantage of the Polo’s funky chassis. As a result, Volkswagen introduced the 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine. It had a maximum power of 103 bhp and a peak torque of 153 Nm. It was also available with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Volkswagen updated the 1.6-liter petrol engine with a new 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine with direct injection in 2013, making it the enthusiast’s favorite year. The engine debuted on the GT TSI, a new type. The engine developed a maximum power of 103 bhp and a peak torque of 1775 Nm. The torque output was more than the 1.6-liter engine, but the power output was the same. Furthermore, the GT TSI was equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
In the Indian market, the GT TSI was a huge hit. As a result, Volkswagen opted to install the 1.6-liter diesel engine from the Vento beneath the Polo’s hood. It was known as the GT TDI, but it was not as popular as the GT TSI. The engine developed a maximum output of 103 bhp and a peak torque of 250 Nm. It was only available with a manual transmission.
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A new 1.5 diesel engine has replaced the 1.2 and 1.6 diesel engines. It was available in two different tones. With most of the models, a 90 horsepower and 230 Nm tune was available. The GT TDI model had a greater level of tuning. It had a power output of 105 horsepower and a torque output of 250 Nm. It was only available with a manual transmission; no automatic transmission was available.
Volkswagen released the GTI variant of the Polo in 2016. It was a three-door version that was brought in as a CBU and sold in small quantities. It was priced ex-showroom at Rs. 25.99 lakhs. The 1.8-liter TSI petrol engine in the Volkswagen GTI produced 190 horsepower and 250 Nm.
Because of the BS6 pollution standards, 2020 was a poor year for a lot of engines. Volkswagen’s diesel engines were phased out in favor of a new 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine that produced 110 PS and 175 Nm of peak torque. It was available with either a manual 6-speed transmission or a new 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. A 1.0-liter MPI is also available for those who were on a tight budget.
Volkswagen’s Polo was the company’s first mass-market vehicle. They began with the Phaeton, Touareg, Passat, Jetta, and Beetle, but it was the Polo that cemented the brand’s reputation. Polo’s design has held up well throughout the years. It’s still one of the more attractive hatchbacks, and it’s likely the best driver’s hatchback. Polo will be much missed, especially because Volkswagen has no plans to bring the next-generation Polo to the United States.
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