Volkswagen's Australia-bound city car gets a facelift, with Golf-inspired styling and upmarket technology.
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The facelifted 2022 Volkswagen Polo has been officially unveiled, ahead of its Australian launch in the first quarter of 2022.

Changes are concentrated on the styling front, with the Polo gaining a revised front-end with new headlights loosely inspired by the larger Golf, connected across the slimmer grille by an LED light strip similar to other Volkswagen vehicles.

LED headlights are now standard in Europe, with matrix LED units available as an option for the first time.

New tail-lights with elements extending into the tailgate feature at the rear, while front and rear bumper designs have also been reworked, along with new alloy wheel options.

Inside, changes are headlined by the addition of Volkswagen’s new steering wheel (some featuring the new R-Line logo, on relevant variants), along with touch-based climate controls shared with the Arteon, Tiguan and a selection of other nameplates.

Flagship models feature a 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen (with smartphone mirroring and satellite navigation) and a 10.25-inch configurable digital instrument cluster, as an upgrade from lower-spec models’ 8.0-inch instrument display and 6.5-inch central touchscreen.

Safety and driver-assistance technology have also seen an upgrade, with the addition of Volkswagen’s Travel Assist system, combining adaptive cruise control and lane-centring assist to accelerate, brake and centre the Polo within its lane at speeds of up to 210km/h.

The updated Polo’s engine range carries over unchanged, with the Australian line-up to be led on price by 70kW/175Nm and 85kW/200Nm 1.0-litre turbo petrol three-cylinders.

The GTI hot hatch (which will be unveiled at a later date) will follow the core range into showrooms a few months later (in the second quarter), retaining its 147kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder.

The facelifted 2022 Volkswagen Polo will go on sale in Australia in the first quarter of 2022 (January to March inclusive), with the ‘core’ three-cylinder range to lob first, followed by the flagship GTI in the second quarter (April to June inclusive).

Local pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch.