Volkswagen debuted the Matte Edition of the Polo in March of this year. This new hatchback model has now been spotted at a dealership. The Matte Edition will only receive cosmetic updates from Volkswagen; mechanically, it will remain unchanged. It is likely to be released this year around the holiday season.
The Polo Matte Edition has a matte grey paint job, as can be seen in the photos. Black is used on the outside rearview mirrors, window belts, and doorknobs. The alloy wheels are the same design as the normal Polo, but they are now coated in silver.
There are no photographs of the interior yet, but we expect it will have an all-black cabin motif and slightly different upholstery than the current model. The feature set will be identical to that of the existing Polo.
A touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be available, as well as a multi-function flat-bottom steering wheel, automated climate control, and steering wheel reach and rake adjustability. It also has an auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, a cooled glovebox, cornering lights, and many other features.
Engine and transmission
The Polo comes with two engine options from Volkswagen. A 1.0-litre normally aspirated engine and a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine are also available. The normally aspirated engine has a maximum power output of 76 PS and a maximum torque output of 95 Nm. It is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The turbocharged engine generates 110 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of peak torque. It comes with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Only the turbocharged engine will be available in the Matte Edition.
Rapid Matte Edition
Skoda has also introduced the Rapid mid-size sedan in a limited edition “Matte Edition” model. Ex-showroom, it starts at Rs. 11.99 lakhs. It gets the same matte paint scheme as the Polo. Glossy black will be applied to the front spoiler, wing mirrors, front grille, alloy wheels, and boot spoiler.
A dynamic rear diffuser is also integrated into the bumper. Skoda has added a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel and rear parking sensors to the interiors, as well as Alcantara inserts in the seats. The remaining features will remain unchanged. Only the 1.0-litre TSI engine is available in the Rapid. The engine is the same as the Polo. As a result, it generates 110 PS and 175 Nm. It’s available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Polo and Rapid are still in high demand
Since their introduction, Rapid and Polo have seen no major updates. Both vehicles are still in good demand, despite being the oldest in the genre. The punchy engine and driving dynamics of both vehicles are the basis for this. Polo and Rapid are still preferred by enthusiasts over their competitors in terms of riding and driving. In addition, as compared to their competitors, the prices of both vehicles have dropped significantly over the years. A turbocharged Polo would set you back Rs. 7.6 lakhs ex-showroom, while the Rapid will set you back Rs. 7.8 lakhs ex-showroom.
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