• Apr 30th 2010 at 8:28AM
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If a report from Autocar India is to be believed, the upcoming four-door version of the Volkswagen Polo may be badged as the Vento in India. Vento is not a new name for VW – the Mk III Jetta sedan used that badge in the European market throughout the mid-90s.
Volkswagen has reportedly increased the wheelbase of the three-box Polo by two inches to provide rear seat passengers a bit more space. The lengthened roof should also aid head room out back, although eliminating the hatch will surely cut down on cargo volume and accessibility.

The Indian Vento is powered by either a 1.6-liter inline-four or a 1.6-liter common rail turbodiesel. If and when this car makes it to America it will probably use the 105 horsepower turbocharged and direct injected 1.2 TSI four-pot available in Europe.

Although Volkswagen still hasn't officially committed to selling the Polo in the U.S., VW of America officials have said that they would probably wait until a four door sedan is available with a probable launch in 2011. The Vento is expected to launch in India this summer.

[Source: Autocar India]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe Honda should have waited for the sedan version of the Fit to be made so they can bring it here in the states in order for it to sell decent. Oh wait! What is VW of America really thinking????
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honda has a Fit Sedan they sell in Brazil as the Honda City. It launched in early 2009 and is great looking. I wonder why Honda still has not brough it into the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      VW is one of the biggest auto company and is sitting on huge case reserves but when it comes to India its not ready to spend money on launching a new product but prefer adding a boot to existing product to satisfy indian mentality of a big car. Vento is nothing more than a booted polo. See for yourself the new sketches of vento at Carnoise
      • 5 Years Ago
      This Polo must be starting to encroach on the Golf's territory with the size increase.

      You would think by now that Americans would be embracing hatchbacks, having grown up with or driven SUVs like the CRV-Escape etc which have them. I've never gotten the fascination with wanting only a trunk. Perhaps now that more interesting hatchs are about to be unleashed, the perceptions will change. (bring back the Civic Si!)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really don't understand the desire for a sedan in a vehicle this small. All the ones that are currently out there in this category look ridiculous. The hatch can offer more rear headroom, more storage space and most of the cars in this class were designed to be a hatch in the first place. The sedan is always an afterthought and they look like it too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice! I like the new Polo's design, but hate hatchbacks - this might just be the right car for the kids!
      • 5 Years Ago

      You captured my thoughts exactly. In the States, one of the big comments I have heard consumers use to justify big SUVs and cars is "I need space. I need to be able to carry stuff." Then they turn to a small sedan and comment that there's not enough room in the trunk. Yeah, it's more of a cop-out than anything (no one needs a SUV to haul two kids and their stuff), but the hatchback design solves helps avoid the complaint.

      That, and it looks better too (I know, subjective).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ugh, no editing. That comment was supposed to be @ Alex.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks nice, and would sell well here I'd imagine. I'll take the hatch though.
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