Updtaed on 10th October 2013
Volkswagen India has launched the Volkswagen Vento TSI in India. It gets the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the Polo GT TSI and the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the same one found on the Polo GT TSI, though paddle shifters will not be offered.
“With the new Vento TSI, Volkswagen takes the lead with producing cars that are high-tech, powerful and fuel-efficient. With a turbocharged petrol engine and 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox, the Vento TSI provides excellent performance and fuel economy,” said Mr. Arvind Saxena, Managing Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd
The Volkswagen Vento TSI has been priced at Rs. 9.99 Lakh ex-showroom Delhi.
Exterior changes: TSI badging on the bootlid, rest is the same as the Vento Highline variant.
Interior changes: The gear shift lever.
Performance: New engine has more torque at lower RPM as compared to the 1.6-litre petrol in the normal variants of the Vento, so expect better pickup.
Mileage has been improved, the 1.6-litre petrol only returns 14.44 KMPL as compared to the 16.93 KMPL figure of the 1.2 TSI engine
Features: The same as the Vento Highline variant, addition of Hill-hold function (car stops itself from rolling when starting on an incline)
Safety: Same as the Highline variant of the Vento.
Updated on 9th October 2013
According to a report on Indian Autos Blog, the Volkswagen Vento TSI will return a fuel efficiency of 16.93 KMPL, which seems to be very impressive for a powerful turbocharged engine mated to an automatic transmission.
Updated on 8th October 2013
News has been going around the internet that Volkswagen is thinking of replacing naturally-aspirated engines in its lineup with turbo-charged units. Volkswagen will do the same in India, albeit a bit slowly. The most recent turbo-charged engine equipped cars launched in India have been the Polo GT TSI and the Polo GT TSI, both high performance variant of the Polo. Now the Vento will also receive the same treatment, with the launch of the Volkswagen Vento TSI.
The more powerful Vento will not get the GT moniker because Volkswagen doesn’t intend to market it as a sporty variant of the car. The highlights of the the car would be the higher power output from a turbocharged unit, which is mated to a dual-clutch gearbox.
The Vento TSI will get the 1.2-litre turbocharged, 4-cylinder petrol motor and the 7-speed DSG transmission (we do not know if VW will offer the car with paddle-shifters) from the Polo GT TSI. Expected to churn out the same numbers as the Polo, 103 BHP @ 5000 rpm and 175 Nm @1500-41000 rpm, the Vento TSI could replace the Vento 1.6 Highline AT variant. The 1.6 Highline AT at present, as the name suggests, is powered by a 1.6-litre engine that puts out 103 BHP @2550 rpm and 153 Nm @ 3800 rpm and is mated to a conventional 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The other 1.6-litre engine equipped variants are expected to stay.
Design wise, we do not expect Volkswagen to add anything other than a ‘TSI’ badge on the bootlid. It will have the top end Highline trim, which means it will be fully loaded. Exterior features include body-coloured door handles and ORVM covers, 15-inch alloy wheels, chrome strip on the bootlid, chrome fog lamp surrounds etc. Inside you’d get letherette seats, leather steering-gear lever-handbrake cover, chrome interior trim etc.
Going by the trend of the Polo, the Vento TSI could either be priced about Rs. 2 Lakh more than the 1.6-litre Highline MT variant, in which case it could cost about Rs. 10.82 Lakh. There is also a chance that it would simply replace the Vento 1.6-litre Highline AT variant, which currently costs Rs. 9.81 Lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
Volkswagen is expected to continue introducing turbocharged engines throughout their model lineup, which could mean that the 1.2 TSI and TDI engines would replace the non-turbocharged engines in the Polo and Vento completely. When? We do not know.
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