Volkswagen has given its B-segment Volkswagen Polo a mid-life facelift. Not content with just visual changes alone, the German carmaker has given the Polo updated engines and a revised equipment options list as well.
On the exterior, the front bumper has been revised as per the spyshots we saw earlier. The new design reminds us of the bumper used on the Volkswagen Passat. There are now optional LED headlamps, which Volkswagen says is the first in the B-segment class. The other two headlamp choices are K7 headlights which are standard, and H7 dual round headlights. The rear gets a new bumper as well, together with new taillamps. There are five new alloy wheel designs.
With the mid-life facelift, all Polos will be equipped as standard with an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision to reduce kinetic energy significantly and thus minimise the chance or consequences of a second impact. Other safety options include a Driver Alert System and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). These systems use a radar sensor at the front and in DSG-equipped cars, ACC can completely stop the car.
As we saw in our spyshots of the car prior to the debut today, there will be a new optional Sport Select suspension system, which gives the car electronically-controlled dampers. You’ll be able to switch between two different comfort and sport suspension settings if your Polo facelift is equipped with this option.
The infotainment system has also been updated to bring it up to date with the features found on the latest Golf Mk7. It now features a proximity sensor and a function that reacts to wiping movements by the fingers, similar to how we use our modern smartphones. It’s also able to link up to your smartphone apps using MirrorLink. Other changes in the interior include redesigned instruments, buttons, climate controls, and a new steering wheel. There’s also now an option for a reverse camera.
Under the hood, there’s a new range of Euro 6-compliant engines. Fuel consumption improvements have been made across the board. There are two new 1.0 litre MPI normally-aspirated engines, producing either 60 PS or 75 PS. Next up the ranks are the 1.2 litre TSI engine featuring turbocharging and direct-injection, with a choice of a 90 PS or 110 PS tune. There’s also the Polo BlueGT with a 1.4 TSI engine with cylinder deactivation, now making 150 PS, up 10 PS from before. The Polo GTI facelift will be revealed later, but we’re promised power upgrades for that as well. The Polo now uses an updated EPS steering system.
In the UK, the previous diesel-powered Polo Bluemotion TDI will be replaced with a petrol version called the Polo Bluemotion TSI. It uses a small 1.0 litre TSI three-cylinder engine that produces 90 PS and consumes just 4.1 litres per 100 km. The Polo Bluemotion TDI will continue outside of the UK of course, achieving a combined fuel consumption of just 3.2 litres per 100 km.
The other diesel options are two new 1.4 litre three-cylinder TDI engines producing either 75 PS or 90 PS, which replace the outgoing pre-facelift Polo’s 1.2 and 1.6 litre TDI engines.
The new Polo will be open for orders in April this year, with deliveries expected in June.