Hot on the heels of the reveal of the updated regular Polo last month, the design sketch also comes as a confirmation that a new GTI hot hatch model is on the way.
The sketch shows how the Polo will receive more cues from the brand’s latest Golf GTI, including a new honeycomb design for the lower grille, intricate LED running lights in the lower front bumper and an LED front light strip that runs between the main headlights and the central Volkswagen badge. GTI’s renowned red styling cues are set to remain, though.
Due to head up the Polo range, Volkswagen is promising the model will have a ‘dynamically tuned and expressive sports chassis’. It’s likely to share the same 197bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine as the pre-facelift model, and come exclusively with a DSG automatic transmission. Previously, it could reach 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 147mph.
Inside, it’s set to benefit from revisions seen on the regular Polo, including a new multifunction steering wheel, upgraded climate control panel and a standard-fit digital instrument cluster.
The design sketch has been revealed to tie in with an event in Worthersee, Austria, which would usually see thousands of Volkswagens and their drivers from across Europe descend on the area as part of a GTI festival. Due to the coronavirus, it has had to be cancelled for a second year, though.
Volkswagen says the full Polo GTI is set to be revealed at the ‘end of June’, though no official date has yet been given.
May 11, 2021