Volkswagen has added a new, top-end variant of the Polo hatchback, called the Highline Plus. This variant is similar to that introduced on the Vento sedan, but misses LED headlamps. The car is available in both petrol and diesel engines but not in the GT-spec. 5 speed manual gearboxes are standard on the variants. The petrol engine is a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder unit that is naturally aspirated. 75 Bhp-110 Nm are the outputs of this engine. The diesel engine is turbocharged, and much more stronger with 89 Bhp-230 Nm.
Both variants are priced at about Rs. 24,000 more than the Highline variants of the hatchback. The Petrol Highline Plus variant is priced at Rs. 7.24 lakhs, while the diesel is priced at Rs. 8.78 lakhs. The additional features that are available on the new top-end Polos are: Art leather seats, a black-grey interiors colour scheme, 16 inch alloy wheels running on wider 195/55 section tyres, rain sensing wipers, front arm rests, rear AC vents, 6.5 inch touchscreen running Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Twin airbags and ABS+EBD are standard.
Volkswagen also sells more powerful variants of the Polo under the GT badge. The Polo GT TSI is powered by a 1.2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 104 Bhp-175 Nm. It is mated to a 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox. The diesel engine is the same 1.5 liter unit but in a higher state of tune – 104 Bhp-250 Nm. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard on this engine. These variants are priced higher – the GT TSI costs Rs. 9.2 lakhs and GT TDI costs Rs. 9.34 lakhs. The GT TSI variant gets hill-hold and electronic stability program as the additional safety features as they come standard with the DSG gearbox. Volkswagen plans to keep the current Polo in production in India for at least another 3 years.