Volkswagen has launched its much-awaited hatchback Polo GTI in India at a price of Rs 25.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The bookings of the limited edition three-door GTI version has started at select company dealerships. The Polo GTI is powered by a 1.8 L TSI engine that produces 189hp of power and 250 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic DSG gearbox and the car can accelerate from 0 to100kmph in 7.2 seconds.
In terms of design, the Polo GTI gets full LED headlamps with red inserts, GTI honeycomb grille and GTI signature red colour stripes. In addition to this, it features 17-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust pipes and an integrated roof spoiler.
The hatchback Polo GTI is equipped with safety features such as 6 airbags, ABS, Hill Hold and ESP (Electronic stability control). The company will bring the hatchback via the CBU route in the country and it is expected the five-door version might be launched later. For now though, Volkswagen India will offer only 99 units for the first batch of deliveries in India.
On the launch of the Polo GTI, Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said, “The GTI is one of its kind in the performance hatch segment and is designed for the petrol heads who are well versed with the GTI philosophy. It seamlessly blends power with comfort that guarantees performance and an adrenaline packed driving experience. The one who drives a GTI need not to explain anything. He simply drives a statement. Volkswagen GTI remains the icon for all sports cars and we are extremely proud to bring this phenomenon to India.”