VW Polo GTI 3-door to launch in India in September 2016 – Report
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Will be brought to the country via the CBU route.
Autocar India reports that the VW Polo GTI will launch in India during September 2016, and sold as a 3-door hatchback. The Polo GTI 3-door is likely to be a CBU model priced above INR 20 lakh. Ahead of its launch, VW India will showcase the Polo GTI at Auto Expo 2016 to gauge interest.
VW India is confident that the Polo GTI 3-door will spawn a new segment in the country that targets driving enthusiasts. Speaking on its introduction as a 3-door hatchback, Michael Mayer, Director, VW Passenger Cars India said:
We want to keep it very pure; a hot hatch that offers performance, technology and comfort. I know that there is a compromise here, but people who buy this car, which is a fairly costly car, will have other cars in their garage to load five people on a regular basis
The Polo GTI in other markets is powered by a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder TSI from the VW Group’s EA888 engine family, which generates 187 bhp and 320 Nm of torque. It is offered with a choice between a 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG automatic unit.
Compared to the regular Polo, the GTI grade comes with LED headlights with DRLs, honeycomb grille with GTI badging, sportier front bumper with bigger air intake, red brake calipers, dark red taillight cluster, side skirts, diffuser, rear spoiler and exposed twin exhaust tips. The interior features sport seats with part tartan upholstery, new steering wheel, contrast red stitching and aluminium pedals.
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[Source: Autocar India]