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Volkswagen showcases new Polo GTI (gallery)

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Volkswagen has revealed the new Polo GTI, which follows the announcement of a facelift for the rest of the Polo range.

It gets a revamped look, with new bumpers and lights inspired by the Mk8 Golf. There’s also a new light bar in the front grille.

GTI models stand out with larger alloy wheels and sportier styling details. There’s also sports seats inside.

The powertrain remains the same as the old Polo GTI’s, using a 204PS 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a seven-speed DSG. It’s enough to shift the hot hatch from 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds.

Power is slightly up on the Fiesta ST, with 320Nm versus the Ford’s 290Nm. There’s no word on a manual gearbox, however, which could deter the keenest drivers.

Volkswagen has introduced a bunch of new technology to the latest generation Polo. It’s available with the brand’s IQ.Light Matrix LED headlights and Travel Assist, a semi-autonomous driver assistance system that combines lane keeping with adaptive cruise control.

A digital instrument cluster is fitter as standard to GTI models too, along with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes access to VW’s connected services.

Other changes include the introduction of the brand’s new touch panel climate controls and a revised steering wheel with touch-sensitive switches.

Pricing is yet to be announced but is expected to start at around £25,000. The car is expected to arrive in dealerships before the end of the year.



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