2021 VW Polo facelift revealed, possibly India-bound

Simran Rastogi Updated: May 13, 2021, 02:42 PM IST

Volkswagen has unveiled the 2021 Polo facelift internationally, with this mid-cycle refresh of the sixth-generation Polo largely aimed at bringing it in line with the newer crop of Volkswagens. To that end, the new Polo gains VW's signature LED light bar at the front, and IQ Light LED matrix adaptive headlights for the first time. Other changes include redesigned tail lights, tail gate, bumpers and a switch to a larger infotainment screen, along with touch-sensitive climate controls. Safety tech has been upped as well with driver assist systems, like adaptive cruise control and lane assist, now active across the speed range the car's capable of.

With the facelift, VW has upped the amount of standard equipment the Polo offers, which includes LED lighting all around, lane assist, the 8-inch digital cockpit, 6.5-inch infotainment, touch-capacitive climate controls, and an additional centre airbag. Higher variants move to the 10.25-inch digital cockpit, an 8-inch infotainment screen, and the IQ Light headlights. Powertrain options remain the same as the pre-facelift Polo, and range from a 1.0-litre NA (80PS) and 5-speed manual, to a 1.0-litre TSI (95/110PS) with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT. 

As for whether this sixth-gen Polo is India-bound, Volkswagen India has stated that they are evaluating the new Polo for launch, underpinned by the localised MQB-A0 IN platform. But with a renewed focus on its SUV line-up, and a replacement for the Vento, the replacement for the fifth-gen Polo on sale in India currently is only likely after 2022.