Volkswagen will soon add a new Highline Plus trim to the Polo lineup in India. IAB got in touch with a few Volkswagen dealerships who have confirmed the Volkswagen Polo Highline Plus is on its way. It will get additional features on top of what the Highline trim already offers.
One of the dealerships from the Delhi-NCR region informed us the new trim will feature 16-inch alloy wheels and reverse parking camera. Dealers are not sure about the LED headlamps for the Polo, such as the one Vento Highline Plus, as it is an expensive feature.
As far as the launch of the VW Polo Highline Plus is concerned, the car could go on sale next month i.e. August 2017. Dealers are currently accepting bookings for the new trim for an amount of INR 25,000. A source informs us that it will cost around INR 30,000 more than the Highline trim.
A Polo running red test plates was spotted in Pune with a dual tone red-black paint scheme, and bigger 9-spoke alloy wheels was spotted. It could very well be the upcoming Highline Plus variants. It also featured black plastic cladding across the side sill and rear bumpers.
Mechanically, the VW Polo Highline Plus remains the same with a 1.2 L MPi Petrol and a 1.5 L TDI Diesel engine under the hood. Both engines come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine puts out 75 PS and 110 Nm while the diesel makes 90 PS and 230 Nm.
In June 2017, VW unveiled the sixth generation Polo based on the MQB platform. While the new Polo is reportedly going on sale in markets such as Spain in October this year, there is no plan to launch the new model locally for the next few years. Unless Volkswagen invests in localizing the MQB platform, the new Polo may prove to be too expensive to be competitive in our price sensitive market.