Volkswagen has unveiled what is sure to become India’s hottest hatch on launch – the Polo GTi. The car made its Indian debut at Auto Expo 2016 and is expected to hit showrooms in September this year. The ‘GTI’ moniker is well known in the circle of performance enthusiasts as a badge that delivers blistering performance and sporty handling.
The high performance GTI trim of the Polo can be differentiated from the standard model on the outside, first and foremost, by the three door body style and then by the GTI badging and sporty bits dotting the exterior. The front has a gloss-black radiator grille with GTI badging and a contrasting red stripe that is seen on all GTI models. The bumper features a honeycomb mesh grille having fog lights on either side. The side profile comes with 17-inch Serron alloy wheels, GTI lettering on the front fender and side sills. The posterior also has its fair share of sporty design elements beginning with the tailgate spoiler that also flashes the GTI emblem, diffuser and finally the twin tailpipes.
Stepping inside, the occupants are greeted by a three-spoke flat-bottomed leather steering wheel with red stitching and ‘GTI’ imprinted on it. A piano black finish is given to the centre console and to the AC vent surrounds. Red stitching is used to spruce up the cabin and is present on the floor mats, sport seats covered in Clark Fabric upholstery and gear shifter boot. Standard safety features forming part of the GTI package are ABS with Brake Assist, ESC, ISOFIX anchorage point, hill-hold, airbags and park distance control.
The Polo GTI will be lavished with a wide gamut of standard features such as rain sensor, cruise control, automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, audio system with six speakers, auto-dimming cabin rearview mirror and fatigue detection system.
Power for the VW Polo GTI hot hatch will come from a turbocharged four cylinder 1.8-litre TSI petrol engine with a confirmed output of 192 hp, torque figure has not been disclosed but is likely to mirror that of the European version having 250 Nm. The Euro-spec Volkswagen GTI can sprint from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.7 seconds and on to a top whack of 146 mph (236 km/h). Transmission duties are handled by a 7-speed DSG unit sending power to the front wheels. Good handling and cornering characteristics are assured by a “Sport Select” suspension with “Sport Performance Kit”.
Volkswagen will be bringing the Polo GTI as a CBU (Completely Built Unit) into the country and therefore expect the three-door performance hatch to be expensive. Reports state pricing in the range of INR 20 lakh, with a five-door variant also a possibility.