Volkswagen South Africa has finally revealed the new “proudly South African” special-edition version of its popular Polo Vivo. Say hello to the “Mswenko”, which effectively serves as a follow-up to the Polo Vivo Sound Edition launched in September 2019.

The new locally built Polo Vivo Mswenko is based on the 1,4 63 kW Comfortline manual variant and is billed as a “fashion-inspired derivative which features unique styling details and serves to appeal to customers [who] are dynamic and young at heart”.

Mswenko is an isiZulu expression roughly translated to “swag”.

Priced at R246 900 and set to hit dealer floors in October 2020, the Polo Vivo Mswenko is some R18 300 more expensive than the model on which it’s based.

So, what sets it apart? Well, the special-edition variant features “Mswenko” decals along its flanks, a chrome-finished tailpipe, 16-inch “Portago” alloy wheels (finished in Anthracite), a black painted roof, privacy glass and side-mirror covers in two colour variants.

Inside, you’ll find “Ocean Blue” seats, Anthracite headliner, silver dashboard inserts, App Connect, six speakers and a leather package comprising a leather-trimmed steering wheel, gearshift lever and gear knob.

The Polo Vivo Mswenko will be offered in four exterior colours: Pure White, Reflex Silver, Limestone Grey and Reef Blue.

As a reminder, the naturally aspirated 1,4-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine delivers 63 kW and 132 N.m to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox.