After 12 years of production, Volkswagen Polo production in India will soon come to an end. It made its official debut in India at the 2010 Auto Expo and went on sale in February of that year. With over 2.5 lakh units sold, the premium hatchback is by far VW’s best-selling model in India. While Volkswagen has already announced the Virtus replacement for the Vento, there are no plans to replace the Polo.
Yes, we know it’s bad news for polo fans, but Volkswagen is currently focusing on its new made-in-India MQB-A0-IN-based products that are heavily localised, namely the Taigun SUV and the upcoming “Virtus” sedan.
Although the next-generation Polo may be considered for an India launch sometime in late 2023, it will be a hatchback version of the Virtus/Slavia. The reason we are certain of this is that Volkswagen India’s brand director, Ashish Gupta, recently stated, “For Polo, it is au revoir (goodbye until we meet again).” We anticipate that the sixth-generation model will be available by late 2023.
While Volkswagen will soon cease production of the hatchback’s current iteration, it has hinted that a limited edition version of the Polo will be introduced to give the most successful VW model in India a fitting send-off.
Volkswagen currently sells the Polo in four trim levels: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline Plus, and GT, with prices ranging from Rs 6.45 lakh to Rs 10.25 lakh (both prices ex-showroom). At the moment, it competes with other premium hatchbacks such as the Maruti Baleno, Hyundai i20, Tata Altroz, and Honda Jazz.