Volkswagen has revealed a facelift version of the mid-size Vento sedan in India. Updates on the new model are majorly cosmetic, albeit a few equipment and features have also been introduced in the new Vento.
Exterior updates on the Vento facelift include a new bumper design for both front and rear bumpers, a Passat-esque three-slat front grille, new rectangular fog lamps with integrated cornering lamps and chrome treatment for door handles, tail-pipe and boot.
There are prominent chrome strips running across front air dam and rear bumper on the new model, too. The tail-lamps have also been re-profiled so as to impart a more upmarket LED-effect. The 15-inch alloy wheels have been redesigned and look similar to the ones offered on the Polo hatchback.
On the inside, revisions are mostly subtle in nature. The cabin on the new car, however, incorporates a darker shade of beige in comparison to the outgoing car’s interior. The top-end variants of the Vento now get a number of additional goodies such as cruise control, a cooled glovebox, a dead-pedal, external boot release feature and auto-folding outside rear view mirrors.
Expect the cabin to retain the overall impeccable fit and finish quality of the outgoing model. Mechanically, the Vento facelift will be made available in the same powertrain choices as before. There will be two petrol engines on offer: a 1.2-litre, turbocharged unit developing 105PS/175Nm and a 1.6-litre normally-aspirated engine churning out 105PS/153Nm.
The former will be available only with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission whereas the latter gets a 5-speed manual gearbox. The diesel mill on the new Vento is the same 1.5-litre engine retained from the previous model. It develops 105PS of maximum power output along with 250Nm of peak torque.
The diesel version can be had with either a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. Of late, the Vento has been facing stiff competition from the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and the recently updated Hyundai Verna in India. Despite an upgrade that came only 8 months ago, the Vento is still the fourth best selling car in its segment.
With the new Vento facelift, Volkswagen will be expecting to see the C-segment sedan customers warm up to the Vento once again.
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