Volkswagen Vento open for booking – facelifted Polo Sedan gets 1.2 TSI, 7-speed DSG, ESP; RM80k-90k est

Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) has announced that the facelifted version of the Polo Sedan, now renamed the Volkswagen Vento, is now open for booking. To be made available in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline variants, the revised B-segment sedan is expected to be priced between RM80k-RM90k.

Exterior changes include a larger grille with three chrome slats, a redesigned front bumper, rectangular fog lights, new tail light graphics, a reprofiled rear bumper and chrome highlights on the bumpers and bootlid. These revisions give the Vento a markedly different look compared to the Polo hatch.

A teaser image that accompanied the announcement also show the twin round beam headlights that were used on the initial CBU Polo Sedan and 1.2 TSI hatch, replacing the simpler rectangular units introduced on the previous CKD models.

Inside, the changes are more minor, limited to a Mk7 Golf-style flat-bottomed steering wheel (with phone controls on the right spoke), a silver finish for the centre console and new fabric seat upholstery. The new wheel was introduced on the updated Polo Sedan last year.

The biggest news is under the bonnet – the Highline variant will get a 1.2 litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 105 PS and 175 Nm, mated to a seven-speed DSG dual clutch transmission. No mention of the engine and gearbox combo being available on the other variants, so expect these to soldier on with the current 105 PS/153 Nm 1.6 litre MPI naturally-aspirated mill and six-speed auto.

Also new on the Highline model is ESP stability control, finally entitling the sedan to a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating. The active safety net joins the existing four airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

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