Volkswagen's most affordable sedan in the country is about to get a facelift, and then some.
Just recently, the automaker announced that the refreshed and upgraded Volkswagen Santana is on its way here. But what changes will the Santana get?
Based on the teaser photos provided, Volkswagen has yet to reveal what upgrades the 2021 Santana has received. But a quick check on Volkswagen China's website and we get a good idea of what the country will be getting.
Based on the pictures, the four-door sedan will relatively look the same as before. The likely changes the sedan gets for 2021 are bigger 16-inch alloy wheels, updated headlights and taillights, and side mirror-mounted turn signals. The power moonroof could be making its way to the manual version since it's already standard on the automatic variants.
We might also be getting an upgraded engine under the hood of the 2021 Santana. That's because over at the People's Republic, the 1.5-liter MPI benefitted from an exhaust valve timing and a variable pressure oil pump. With that, Volkswagen claims the 1.5-liter motor will have reduced friction and reduced fuel consumption by as much as 10%.
As for the 1.4-liter engine, that engine is out of the picture. That means the base model 2021 Santana could also come with a bigger 1.5-liter engine. Transmission options could still consist of the five-speed manual and the six-speed automatic transmission.
Regardless of the upgrades, Volkswagen claims that the sedan will 'still be at an affordable price range'. With the Current Santana having a price range between PhP 686,000 and PhP 993,000, we're hoping that the Santana will not break the PhP 1 million mark.
Volkswagen Philippines will reveal more details regarding the 2021 Santana in the coming days.