Volkswagen will be launching the Vento facelift on September 25. The car has been spotted at a dealership just days ahead of its scheduled launch.
Judging by the pictures the new offering will not get significant exterior revisions. The only changes apparent are the twin-barrel headlamps, new alloy wheel designs and new brown body paint. Interior will be getting a multi-function, flat-bottomed steering wheel and more chrome on the dash and centre console especially around the gear lever. Speaking of the gear lever, that is a DSG (automatic) unit.
The engine of choice for the diesel will no longer be the 1.6litre TDI but the 1.5litre, inline-four unit which produces 103.5bhp and 250Nm of torque in the new Polo hatchback. The 5-speed manual transmission will be offered along with the option of a 6-speed DSG autobox on the top-end trim, which is the only major mechanical alteration in the facelift.
The addition of an automatic gearbox in the diesel variant will make this the second diesel automatic in the country after the Hyundai Verna. Volkswagen hopes to sell more units of the Vento owing to this and we feel that they will; since diesel cars are in demand and with the convenience of an autobox they become a more enticing proposition. The face-lifted Vento will slug it out with the Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Skoda Rapid and Nissan Sunny after its launch.