Volkswagen Polo GTI Now Gets A Facelift Months After The Standard Polo

Published On Jun 30, 2021 05:04 PM By Dhruv for Volkswagen Polo

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Volkswagen has provided the updated Polo GTI with premium features that allow for partly autonomous driving

  • Updates to the headlights and tail lamp are similar to the regular sixth-gen Polo.

  • The grille now gets an underlying LED light like the standard hatchback.

  • A 2.0-litre TSI engine with 7-speed DSG is standard.

  • VW is offering an optional 9.2-inch touchscreen.

  • IQ.DRIVE allows for partly autonomous control of acceleration, steering, and brakes.

  • Also features adaptive headlights.

  • Previous-generation Polo GTI was only limited to 99 units in India.

Volkswagen has now revealed the facelifted Polo GTI months after unveiling the standard facelifted Polo. This one gets the usual GTI treatment to stand apart from the regular sixth-gen hatch, which is still not on sale in India.

First up, we tell you all the changes on the outside. 

The grille and air dam feature a honeycomb-like pattern. The headlight units are the same as the regular Polo, along with the LED light underlining the grille. There is also the signature GTI red stripe running across the grille above the LED light and the traditional GTI badge on the grille. The fog lamp housing has been redesigned and now features smaller fog lamps, just like the standard hatch. 

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The carmaker has opted for a new alloy wheel design, which is a bit Lamborghini-ish. At the rear, the tail lamp design is now sleeker (just like the regular Polo), and the ‘GTI’ badge has been moved to the centre of the boot. It now sits right underneath the VW logo. The GTI badging on the fenders, red brake calipers, and a twin-tip exhaust set it apart from its standard sibling. And finally, the rear bumper is also slightly different.

You will find changes inside too. The overall black theme has been replaced by a red trim on the dashboard, around the centre console, and the door locks. You also get a new steering wheel design (it too has a bit of red on it), touch controls for the climate control system, and a revised gear knob design. The touchscreen size has also increased, with an optional 9.2-inch touchscreen on offer. The infotainment system has also been updated to offer VW’s latest online services. The tartan seats remain as they were. 

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Also unchanged is the 2.0-litre TSI (turbo-petrol) engine that makes 207 PS and 320 Nm. It drives the front wheels via a 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch transmission). As of now, VW has revealed no plans of including a 6-speed manual. 

The Polo GTI also gets IQ.DRIVE as standard. These are partially automated systems that help with automatic acceleration, braking, and steering control. The driver is, however, required to keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times. VW has also provided IQ.Lights as standard, which, coupled with the MATRIX LED headlights, offer what is more commonly known as adaptive headlights.

VW brought only 99 units of the previous-gen Polo GTI to India and priced them at quite the premium, considering they were CBU (completely built-up) units. Also, we still have the fifth-gen model of the standard Polo here in the country, which the carmaker could update sometime in 2023. So, if VW does decide to bring this new Polo GTI to India, it might only happen after that.

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