Just prior to its international debut, Volkswagen has teased us with a glimpse of the 2021 Polo facelift. The sixth-generation Polo has been on sale in multiple markets all over the globe since 2017. However, we in India didn’t get the latest iteration of the brand’s most popular car in the country. Instead, Volkswagen is still selling the outdated fifth-generation model in India. On the other hand, the sixth-gen Polo has now received a facelift and will be launched very soon! Compared to its fifth-generation predecessor, the latest avatar of the Polo has been improved on almost every front.
For example, the outgoing Polo sold in India is based on the old PQ25 architecture. Meanwhile, the sixth-generation Polo sits on top of the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB A0 platform. Since this platform uses a far more advanced modular design, the carmaker has been able to enlarge the size of the hatchback. This means that the new Polo doesn’t just look bigger, it also comes with a larger and more spacious cabin. While the exterior styling of the pre-facelift sixth-gen Polo was pretty modern in its own right, the facelifted model should look even sharper.
From the teaser image, one can instantly make out that the front-end styling has been revised. The Polo facelift comes with a full-length LED bar that stretches from the corner of one headlamp to the other. Meanwhile, the main headlights themselves have a twin-pod design with stylish-looking projectors for the individual LED units. There is also a smaller LED element that’s placed at the furthest corner of the main headlamps. Apart from that, expect Volkswagen to have tweaked the design of the front and rear bumpers a bit. It is confirmed that the design of the tail lamps has been changed, with the boxy ones found on the pre-facelift car making way for sharper, sportier-looking units.
Depending on the variant in question, we can expect to see newer alloy wheels on the Polo facelift. Volkswagen could offer customers a few new exterior color choices, though that has not been confirmed as yet. As for the interior, the 2021 Polo facelift’s cabin will look mostly similar to the pre-facelift model. The only real change in the Polo facelift’s interior might present itself in the form of a touch-sensitive panel for the HVAC system. Meanwhile, the Polo will offer features such as automatic headlamps, automatic climate control, cruise control, a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel, and a touch-infotainment head unit with smartphone connectivity plus VW’s latest MIB 3 interface.
While it hasn’t been confirmed yet, Volkswagen could introduce a mild-hybrid technology along with the Polo facelift. Presently, the Euro-spec Polo comes with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, but in different states of tune. The output ranges from 64hp, going all the way up to 113hp. There are also the 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbo-petrol motors that are capable of producing 148hp and 197hp, respectively. Meanwhile, tranny options on the Polo include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, and a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. It is speculated that the 2021 Volkswagen Polo facelift might also come in CNG and diesel avatars.