Touted to be one of the hottest hatchbacks in the country, the Polo GTI from Volkswagen has been recently unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi. This machine is being regarded as a perfect choice for the niche segment of automobile enthusiasts. It has already garnered a lot of attention during the grand event, and we will just have to wait and see how successful it becomes post its launch.
1. It is said to have outstanding driving dynamics and deliver great overall performance that will appeal the car aficionados.
1. Being imported as a CBU, it might come with a higher price bracket.
Stand Out Features:
1. Bluemotion technology. Rumored to have this technology that aims at reducing fuel consumption.
Volkswagen Polo GTI is a sporty car that is being considered as a complete performance package for driving enthusiasts in India. Well, it is indeed as it packs in the best technologies and state of the art features that will leave you thrilled. Said to be launched later this year, this stunning hatchback is anticipated to come with a price tag of around Rs. 25 lakhs. On the technical side, it is expected to have a 1.8-litre TSI petrol drive train that may churn out around 190bhp maximum power in combination with torque of 250Nm. This mill is likely to be mated with a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gear box. Talking about safety, it may be equipped with important elements such as the ISOFIX anchorage points, ABS, dual front airbags and many others. As for the entertainment factor, it may have an advanced audio unit with speakers and auxiliary input options for added benefit. According to the revealed pictures, this latest vehicle looks simply stunning with arresting features like the modish alloy wheels, honeycomb front air intake section, and windscreen integrated spoiler that gives sportiness to its rear end. The environment inside the cabin too looks great, with a pleasant color scheme and styling elements. Some of the sophisticated attributes to watch out for include the flat bottomed steering wheel with leather wrapping, sporty aluminum pedals and the black roof lining that might definitely leave you impressed. Apart from all these, it is also anticipated to pack in many other interesting features, which we will get to know about once it enters the country's market.
Background & Evolution:
The history of this mean machine dates back to 1990s when it was first sold as Mk2F Polo in the United Kingdom. But it was already available in the Europe as Mk2 Polo GT G40 during 1980s. As the latter's production ended, the company has released the first GTI-branded Polo next year, in limited numbers only. The Mk3 model was completely revamped by 2000, and it is when the first GTI-branded Polo entered the UK market. At the same time, the 16V and GTI models were offered, with the latter in 3 or 5 door options. The GTI was discontinued in 2002, but the manufacturer produced a GT model. The GTI was reintroduced in the late 2005 with a 1.8-litre petrol engine and some interesting features. During the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the Mk5 Polo GTI was launched with a 1.4-litre TSI motor. Last year, the Mk5 Polo GTI has come up with a new 1.8-litre turbocharged drive train, which is expected to carry out duties in the upcoming model as well.
Debuted at the 2016 Auto Expo, the Polo GTI will be a three door machine and the first-in-segment in India. Speculations are also doing rounds that the five door version of GTI might also be introduced but sometime later. Looks like, this hatch has been really designed to thrill the car enthusiasts as the company claims it to be. In the pictures, it does look impressive with distinctive styling and eye catching features, which can certainly make it stand out in the crowd. And according to some sources, it will have a total length of 3983mm, while the width may measure around 1901mm. Its height is said to be about 1443mm, whereas the wheelbase might come to around 2468mm.
As revealed in pictures, it flaunts a perforated radiator grille at front with company's insignia engraved in the center. Below the grille, a red GTI louvre can also be noticed. Even the lower air intake looks pretty wide and gets a honeycomb mesh.
Not much information is available yet, but it is anticipated to come with LED headlamps and might even include LED daytime running lights in the cluster. Besides these, its fog lamps are also said to have static cornering function.
On the sides, the outside mirrors may probably come in body color and feature power adjustable folding and heated functions.
Adding style to its sides are the elegant set of 17 inch alloy wheels, which are likely to be adorned with 215/40 R17 sized tubeless radial tyres. The sunroof on the top with tilt and slide function, is another interesting aspect in this new model that further adds to its sporty appearance.
In the rear, the GTI specific bumper is attractive with a pair of reflectors and an underguard beneath it. The trendy taillight cluster, twin exhaust pipes and the stylish boot lid are the other elements we can see in its rear end.
The wide windscreen might have a wiper as well, while the GTI specific spoiler is also seen integrated to it.
No details are out yet about its boot space, however, we expect it to be good enough for storing ample stuff.
A few images of this hatch also gives us a brief look of its interiors, which are impressive and plush as well. Seems like the cabin is huge dimensions wise, and may offer good leg as well as head space. The dashboard is looking pretty good with chrome embellishments on a few aspects. While the equipments housed on it further emphasize its contemporary design.
This vehicle is anticipated to carry a flat bottomed, multi function steering wheel with some switches mounted on it. This steering column is said to get a leather wrap as well. While, the instrument cluster positioned behind the steering wheel looks striking with a few notifications displayed on its meters.
One of the pictures clearly shows the center console, which holds rectangular shaped air vents, air conditioning unit and a music system as well.
As for the seats, they seems to have got integrated headrests, and might be covered with fabric upholstery. According to some reports, it will have front sport seats with height adjustment facility.
Aside from all these, we can expect the cabin to be loaded with sporty aluminum pedals, carpet mats with red stitching, door trim pockets, front center armrest with storage box and many other utility based elements.
The company has revealed a few technical details of this hottest Polo GTI hatch. It is said to carry a 1.8-litre petrol drive train under the bonnet, which may have the TSI engine technology that combines direct gasoline injection with turbocharge. It is a four cylinder mill that is likely to produce a whopping power of around 190bhp besides yielding torque output of 250Nm. It might beat its competitor in this regard as, the latter comparatively develops moderate power. This motor may come paired with an efficient 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gear box that will power its front wheels. As per the speculations, the machine may take nearly 6.7 seconds to break the 100 Kmph speed barrier and might attain a top speed of 250 Kmph approximately.
Ride and Handling:
This yet to be launched model, which is rumored to come as a completely built unit (CBU), will probably get the Sport Select suspension system along with sport performance kit. It is said to have a lowered suspension, while it is also rumored to come with a reduced weight, which will lead to improved handling and driving stability. This will probably be fitted with a robust set of disc brakes on all four wheels and the advanced system like the anti lock braking with brake assist system is also expected. Besides these, it may carry a power assisted steering column that might leave you with an excellent driving experience.
Safety has always been an important factor in all the models of this brand. Even in this vehicle too, we can hope for some key elements that may assure maximum security. Some of the attributes we are expecting in it include dual front, side and curtain airbag system, ISOFIX anchorage points, hill hold control, anti slip regulation as well as electronic stability control. In addition to these, it may also get the park distance control that lets you know about the obstacles in the front and rear through acoustic warning signals.
Nothing much has been revealed yet about its variants and we, will have to wait until it hits the market to get further information.
Volkswagen Polo GTI is a promising and ultimate hottest hatchback as claimed by the German car maker, which assures exceptional performance and great comfort to its users. A few of its details are out during its debut at the Auto Expo, which are certainly creating a good impression. But, the price factor may become a hindrance for many as well. However, this can be a good choice if, you are particularly looking for sporty and performance oriented machines.
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