The Indian subsidiary of the German car giant has confirmed that it will launch its fastest Polo in our country’s fast-growing premium hatchback market. Volkswagen India made an official announcement regarding its plans of bringing the Polo GTI to our shores, and the upcoming Fiat Punto Evo Abarth rival was also on display at the Auto Expo 2016. It has been spied testing on our roads on multiple occasions in its 5-door and 3-door avatars, but VW has stated that India will be getting the Polo GTI only in the 3-door body style. Read on to find all the available Volkswagen Polo GTI India launch details.
Volkswagen Polo GTI India Launch
The Volkswagen Polo GTI India launch will take place only in the second half of 2016. Volkswagen made its intention of launching the Polo GTI in India public early this year. This was followed by showcasing the same at the 2016 Auto Expo in February. Currently, the German auto giant seems to be channelling all its focus towards the Ameo compact sedan, which is expected to be a strong performer in the market for VW. The petrol variant of the Polo based compact sedan was launched recently. And the diesel variants expected to the hit the market in the coming months. We think Volkswagen Polo GT India launch will take place after that sometime in September – October 2016.
Speaking about the Volkswagen Polo GTI India launch, Mr. Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said, “The Polo GTI is specifically designed for the true blue enthusiasts, whose thirst for thrill is not only about having a powerful car, but also being well versed with the GTI philosophy.The Polo GTI ticks all the boxes when it comes to providing a complete performance package and sets the driver apart from his peer group. We are confident that the world renowned, highly acclaimed features of the carline will strongly appeal to Polo GT loyalists and driving enthusiasts in India as well.”
Volkswagen Polo GTI India Price
|Variants||Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)|
|Volkswagen Polo GTI Price in India (expected)||INR 18 – 20 lacs|
|Volkswagen Polo GT TSI Price in India||INR 9.05 lacs|
|Volkswagen Polo GT TDI Price in India||INR 9.16 lacs|
Obviously, the Polo GTI will cost quite a lot more than the standard Polo. Expect an ex-showroom price of upwards of INR 18 lacs. It will be offered in only one, fully-loaded trim. The Polo GTI will be brought in as a CBU i.e. it will be imported to India in completely built form, which will ensure a very high sticker price. Volkswagen India is looking to cater to a very small group of enthusiast buyers and is confident that the GTI will find enough takers in India to justify its launch. As of now, Volkswagen sells two performance oriented (in relative terms) versions of the Polo hatchback – Polo GT TSI and Polo GT TDI. The company claims that there a significant chunk of buyers opting for these variants of the hatchback despite a high price of almost INR 10 lacs (on-road).
The promising sales number of the Polo GT variants have given Volkswagen the confidence to go ahead with the Volkswagen Polo GTI India launch. Reportedly, some dealers have also started accepting bookings for the Polo GTI in India with deliveries expected to begin in September – October 2016.
Volkswagen Polo GTI Rivals
In terms of pricing and power output, the Volkswagen Polo GTI doesn’t really have a genuine rival in India. The Fiat Punto Abarth comes the closest.
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Volkswagen Polo GTI India Specifications
|Length x Width x Height||3983 x 1682 x 1443 mm|
|Wheel Type and Size||17” Alloys|
|Boot Space||204 litres|
|Engine Type/ Displacement||1.8 L Turbocharged Petrol|
|Top Speed||237 km/h|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h)||6.7 secs|
|Transmission (Gearbox)||7-speed DSG Automatic|
|Mileage (est.)||10-12 kpl (claimed)|
|Air Conditioner Type||Automatic Climate Control|
|Steering Audio Controls||Yes|
Powering the 2015 Polo GTI is a 1.8-litre, four-pot turbocharged petrol motor. It pumps out 187 bhp of max. power and 320 Nm of peak torque. The motor comes mated to a 7-speed DSG and if company figures are to be believed, this car is capable of a 0-100 km/h time of just 6.7 seconds. The Polo GTI gets a sports suspension and disc brakes for all the wheels. The car also gets engine drag torque control, electronic differential lock and new vehicle dynamics function XDS+. There has also been some speculation claiming that the India-spec Polo GTI could utilise the Beetle’s 1.4 litre TSI. But that seems highly unlikely as the Beetle is imported to India as a CBU, which means they will have to import the engine units separately which is bound to push prices up.
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Volkswagen Polo GTI Mileage
Fuel mileage is unlikely to be high on the priority list of Volkswagen Polo GTI buyers in India. However, thanks to turbocharging and low kerb weight of the hatchback, the Polo GTI fuel mileage could be around 9-10 kpl overall in real world conditions.
|Volkswagen Polo GTI Mileage (est.)||9-10 kpl|
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Volkswagen Polo GTI Features & Styling
Quite obviously, the Polo GTI doesn’t look too different from a vanilla Polo. However, the GTI variant does get some styling updates, all of which come together to make the Polo look more special. The biggest difference being the 3-door configuration. The Polo GTI boasts of full-LED headlights, honeycomb mesh grille, a set of new bumpers, red brake calipers, 17-inch wheels and an aero kit. The Polo GTI also sits 10 mm lower than the non-GTI variants. On the inside, the car gets sport seats, new steering wheel, new upholstery with contrast red stitching and aluminium pedals.
- 3 Door Body Style
- New Front Bumpers
- LED Headlamps
- LED Taillamps
- 17-inch alloys
- New front grille with red highlight
- GTI Badging
- All-Black interiors
- New Steering Wheel
- Touchscreen infotainment system
Volkswagen Polo GTI India – Colours
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Volkswagen Polo GTI Image Gallery
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