VW has taken the wraps off its new pocket rocket the Polo GTI and in line with recent Polo facelift changes, the GTI looks more dynamic, gets more tech and a slight power boost.
The 3 GTI letters invoke emotion from buyers due mainly to how onlookers love the design and the new Polo GTI certainly doesnt disapoint. The front gets the LED light that links both LED headlights that have been given a slight design changed towards the edge of the light. The headlights now come standard with IQ.Light Matrix LED technology for enhanced illumination of the road at night. There is also the red strip running from the headlights across the grille typical of GTI models. There is now a new bumper with honeycomb pattern air inlets and a chequered flag LED foglights. The design takes its cues from the design seen in the new Golf 8 GTI.
There are new 18inch wheels whilst the front fenders also get the GTI reg decals. The rear seas changes to the LED lights which now are in a boomerang design with parts of the light now running into the bootlid. The twin tail pipes on the side are finished in chrome whilst the rear spoiler is also retained.
Inside there is more tech with a standard Digital Cockpit Pro which has enhanced illumination. The infotainment screen has also been enhanced with better graphics and more tech in the form of connectivity. Wireless charging is optional whilst App Wireless Connect allows connecting of Android Auto and Apple Carplay. The climate controls now have digital buttons. The rest of the interior remains the same as before meaning high quality tactile material across the interior. Sports seats upfront come standard with folding rear seats for that family owner who needs more space.
Powering the Polo GTI is still a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Turbo engine with 5kW more power meaning 152kW driving the front wheels via a 7 speed DSG transmission. Torque remains at 320Nm resulting in a 0-100km/h sprint of 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 240km/h. For maximum traction, the XDS – electronic slip differential comes standard whilst the suspension has been lowered for enhanced handling in corners. The Driving Profile adjustable driving comes standard with Eco, Normal, Comfort and Sport modes that change the suspension, engine response, gearbox response and exhaust sound. IQ.Drive is VWs autonomous technology which now comes standard on the Polo GTI meaning radar based cruise control, lane assist, blindspot assistance for enagnced driver and passenger safety. The Travel Assist System can take over steering, braking and acceleration of the new Polo GTI from a speed of 0 km/h up to the control limit of the Travel Assist (210 km/h).
In South Africa the new Polo GTI will be launched in the first quarter of 2022. The new Volkswagen Polo range (including GTI) will be built at our manufacturing plant in Kariega (formerly Uitenhage) for the local and internal markets.