Volkswagen Polo GTI returns in 2021 with a new look and 204 hp
Volkswagen has unveiled the updated Polo GTI, which is influenced in technology and design by the larger Golf but retains its 204 hp turbo gasoline engine.
The GTI returns as the flagship of the Polo range, with design inspiration from the eighth generation Golf to a new front section, complete with the brand’s new light strip signature and a revised rear.
As with the predecessor GTI, the front-wheel drive Polo is powered by Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine, which is coupled with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission; There’s still no word on the long-rumored manual transmission option for the Ford Fiesta ST rival.
Torque is set at 236 lb ft at 1500-4500 rpm, which allows the GTI to reach 0-100 km / h in 6.5 seconds.
The GTI has an updated exterior design with standard “IQ Light” LED matrix headlights that accompany the continuous front light bar. The light bar “creates a stylish connection to the battery-electric ID models from Volkswagen and to the new generation of successful models such as the Golf, Arteon and Tiguan,” says the company.
A new bumper design refreshes the rear, while standard 17-inch alloy wheels are available in a new design based on the Golf. In addition, the Polo GTI has dynamic indicators for the first time.
In terms of equipment, the GTI is based on the standard Polo Life, which comes standard with an 8.0-inch central infotainment screen with integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The previous model’s red interior trim returns to mark the hot hatch.
The company’s Discover Pro and Discover Media systems are optional, and the car will also receive Volkswagen’s new “Digital Cockpit” dashboard setup as used by the Golf and ID 3. Other options include a panoramic sunroof, voice control, wireless charging, a Beats sound system and 18-inch alloy wheels.
There are three driving modes to choose from: Eco, Normal and Sport, with the latter offering an enhanced exhaust sound. The Polo GTI is also equipped with a tailor-made, performance-oriented chassis set-up that lowers the body by 15 mm compared to the production Polo and attaches a large stabilizer on the front axle, rigid coupling rods on the front axle and stiffer axle mountings on the rear.
In addition, the Polo benefits for the first time from Volkswagen Travel Assist, including adaptive cruise control, lane assistant, side assistant and reversing assistant. Autonomous emergency braking is just as standard as a driver warning system and automatic post-collision braking.
Volkswagen has not yet announced the prices for the new Polo GTI, more information will be announced in the coming months.
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