2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI Facelift shows new lights and bumpers in fresh spy shots
The Mk6 Polo GTI was launched in 2017 as a 2018 model and will be refreshed in a few months. Spied on in Germany with red painted brake calipers and white paintwork on the body, this pre-production test mule also has an electric sliding sunroof and chrome-plated exhaust covers.
Available with stick-shift box or DSG dual clutch transmission, the Polo GTI draws on a 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder turbo. The pre-facelift model cranks 200 PS (197 PS) and 320 Nm (236 pound-feet) of torque, though the EA888 in the Golf GTI develops 241 PS and 370 Nm (273 pound-feet). As far as the German car manufacturer is aware, the facelifted Polo GTI is getting a more aggressive one ECU Mapping and not much else.
As far as daily driving is concerned, interested parties are offered semi-autonomous driving assistance thanks to IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist. This system combines predictive adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning, and VW says it is designed for the car’s entire speed range.
On the safety front, the addition of a central airbag, located on the driver’s side of the rear seat backrest, deserves your attention. In the event of a crash, this new airbag offers additional protection for the driver and front passenger. Customers can also look forward to a digital instrument cluster as well as App-Connect, USB-C connections and 8.0 “Ready2Discover infotainment.
It is still a little too early to estimate how much the Polo GTI will cost for the 2022 model year, but don’t expect a big difference to the 2021 model. At home in Germany, the hot Supermini currently costs 26,405 euros, the Golf GTI 36,380 euros.