VW Polo facelift revealed today, Geneva world debut announced

Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 - 8:58pm IST

The Volkswagen Polo facelift was officially revealed today, five years after the sixth generation model made its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show of 2009. It will be presented at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show (held on the first week of March) and launched in Europe and UK this summer.

VW Polo facelift front three quarters press image
LED lights are offered as an option (first in segment). The foglamp and bumper are visibly different.

Exterior changes, previewed by the VW Golf Sportsvan concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, include a new grille and bumper with chrome lines separating the foglamps. LED lights come optional, the style of the alloy wheels is new and a new bumper and taillight take their place at the otherwise unchanged rear.

Changes to the interior are also very subtle with the car receiving redesigned instruments and a steering wheel.

VW Polo facelift side press image
The alloy wheel pattern is the only new feature in this view.

For Europe all Polos will come with an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System which automatically brakes the vehicle after an accident to lower the chance or consequences of a second impact. Optionally, electronically controlled dampers to change suspension settings is available. A new electro-mechanical steering system has also been introduced.

The infotainment system (a modular one) launched on the seventh gen Golf has been brought into the Polo. It has a proximity sensor and detects swiping fingers.

VW Polo facelift cockpit press image
Steering wheel and audio system have been upgraded.

The European market gets upgraded EU6-compliant engines offering fuel efficiency improvements of up to 21 per cent over the old units. Two 1L MPI units with 60 or 75 PS outputs, two 1.2L TSI units with 90 PS or 110 PS output and a 10 PS more powerful 1.4L TSI engine with cylinder deactivation are listed.

VW Polo facelift rear three quarters press image
The bumper is mildly tweaked, and the taillights have been detailed again.

VW is introducing a 1.4-liter three-cylinder diesel engine that replaces the 1.2-liter and 1.6-liter units, putting out 75 PS and 90 PS.

VW Polo facelift – Official Image Gallery

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5 thoughts on “VW Polo facelift revealed today, Geneva world debut announced

  1. Aravind says:

    Polo is very compact so will not sell in big numbers in India.. It will not appeal to most family buyers.

    I might buy it if its cabin is made bigger, something like Figo.

  2. Navin says:

    Subtle changes but then again why mess with styling which is already very good even today 🙂

  3. insider says:

    that is a wonderful colour – as typified by the Skoda Superb and Skoda Laura. wonde why Skoda does not bring this to the Rapid and share it with the Vento and Polo. It fits the understated european designs so well.

    Mr. Shrawan, do you think the bumper changes will be noticed by a typical car buyer? i will leave the large wheels and Euro headlights out as these may be too expensive and hence kept away.

    will we see this car at the Auto Expo 2014?

    your expert views would be interesting.

    1. We didn’t bring the Indian Polo into the story as the European Polo as it is, is quite different compared to the Indian model. We are quite curious ourselves as to whether this style will be used on the Indian update or whether the facelift program followed here would be a regional one. We will find out soon, but we know that the Polo facelift is on VW India’s business plan this year – http://indianautosblog.com/2014/01/vw-beetle-diesel-vw-polo-facelift-india-114222

      1. insider says:

        thanks for the speedy response.

        let us hope vw india digs deep into the global polo parts assortment to bring something refreshing for the indian hatch and limousine models.

        if skoda gets the international rapid look with the facelift, then once again the ‘Simply Clever’ brand would have trumped among sibling rivalry ;-).

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