Volkswagen has released details of its mid-life Polo facelift ahead of its unveiling at the Geneva motor show in March.
No, we haven’t used pictures of the pre-facelift model by mistake – Volkswagen admits the exterior changes are ‘subtle but effective’. The front bumper and grille are new, as are the rear lights and bumper. There are five new alloy wheel designs, and optional LED headlights are a first for its class.
And that leads is into what’s really new about the facelifted Polo. It’s now crammed with tech. Even the most basic Volkswagen Polo will now come equipped with Volkswagen’s automatic post-collision braking system which, as you might be able to work out, automatically applies the brakes if it detects a crash about to happen.
Inside the Polo gets the modular infotainment system similar to that we’ve seen in the Golf. It uses a sensor to detect when you want to use the screen, and reacts to finger wiping movements like smartphones.
Options will include a driver alert system and front assist with city braking (that detects slow speed collisions and applies the brakes), and automatic cruise control.
Under the bonnet, the diesel Bluemotion engine is being replaced in the UK by a petrol unit, which will return 68.9mpg and emit 94g/km CO2. There will also be a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol out of the Up! with a choice of 60hp and 75hp – as well as a 90 and 110hp 1.2-litre TSI turbo.
Two new three-cylinder 1.4-litre TDI engines will provide diesel power, with 75 and 90hp.
A new electro-mechanical steering system should improve efficiency, and Volkswagen claims it’ll also offer “more precise control”.
Orders for the facelifted Volkswagen Polo will open in April, with first deliveries expected in late July.