Those of you looking for a hot-hatchback that can make all other cars a speck in the rear-view mirror, wait another 20 days. Volkswagen is planning to introduce the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 GT, powered by a 1.2 TSI (turbo-petrol) engine on April 25, according to a report.
This car would be a replacement for the Volkswagen Polo 1.6 that was discontinued last year because of poor sales for the model mainly because it was expensive. The Polo 1.6 had the Volkswagen Vento’s 1.6 litre petrol engine in it. But this new Volkswagen Polo GT will have the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that the regular Polo has, except that it has been turbocharged and power has been bumped up to 105 bhp at 5000 rpm from the present 70 bhp. This motor also makes 175 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm upward – which is what makes it quite a potent car, as it will have quick acceleration. Also read: Volkswagen launches Polo SR limited edition
This 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine will be mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox (dual-clutch transmission), which provides much faster gearshifts than a manual transmission, as well as better fuel economy than a manual. This will give buyers the convenience of an automatic for regular city traffic and one that can pick up quickly with no lag, also giving good fuel economy.
The benefit Volkswagen gets by introducing the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 GT is that it qualifies for small car excise duty norms (being under 4 metres in length with a petrol engine under 1.2 litres), and that should help the company price it aggressively. However, don’t expect the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 GT to come cheap. Given that it is equipped with a turbocharger and a seven speed dual-clutch automatic, it is likely to be at least Rs. 1.3 lakh more than the regular Volkswagen Polo petrol Highline variant. The Volkswagen Polo GT is likely to be priced at about Rs. 7.3 lakh ex-showroom. Also read: Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI hot hatch coming soon
There won’t be too many visual changes to the car apart from alloy wheels, smoked finish headlamps, airdam, spoiler and body skirts to highlight the cars sporty nature. Rest of the features would be the same as the Volkswagen Polo Highline, including electric mirrors, integrated audio system, airbags and ABS.
The Volkswagen Polo GT will be the first true hot hatch with over 100 bhp power to come into the market after a long time, reopening the space for hot hatchbacks. At present, the more powerful hatches you can get are the Fiat Punto 90HP, Tata Vista D90 and Hyundai i20 (diesel at 90PS, petrol automatic at 100PS). Fiat will be bringing in the Punto Abarth in June-July, which will probably have even more power (most likely 114 bhp, but there are rumours it may even bring in the 165 bhp variant). Also read: Fiat to launch Punto Abarth this year
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News Source: MotorBeam