Volkswagen polo GTI facelift, the newest sketch circulating recently. This image appears a few weeks after Volkswagen launched the new Polo Mk6 in April 2021. Since the latest generation of Polo was officially born in 2017, Volkswagen has not yet presented a performance version in their line-up. Well, the fast version of the Polo will be introduced in the near future, namely the facelift edition of the Polo GTI. The debut schedule has been announced, which is for next month.
The latest version of the hatchback subcompact will top the list when it premieres in late June. It will follow the traditional recipe, with “high torque front-wheel drive, dynamically tuned sports chassis and expressive design,” according to the automaker, which will help it “stand out from the crowd”.
Volkswagen has released the latest Polo GTI design sketch drawings, which are planned to be introduced at the annual GTI event in Lake Worthersee, Austria. The event was originally scheduled for 12-15 May 2021 but was canceled for the second time after last year, due to the pandemic situation that was not over. Finally, the Polo GTI’s debut was postponed to June, with a date yet to be announced.
Compared to the standard version, the Polo GTI has a more sporty and aggressive appearance upgrade according to its theme. From the sketch, it can be seen that changes have occurred in the more prominent front grille, which is decorated with the GTI emblem near the lights. The front fascia also changes to a sharper appearance, followed by an LED strip that dominates the grille. While the wide lower intake is decorated with body accents that resemble fins.
It is likely that the Volkswagen GTI facelift unit will carry 18-inch rims, which when viewed from the side looks fuller.
Targeted to be a challenger to the Ford Fiesta ST, the new Polo GTI is claimed to provide “extraordinary driving dynamics in a blend of extraordinary everyday use”. On the other hand, VW also promises “pure dynamism and expressive design” of the sporty hatchback. While the headlights already use LEDs as standard, the taillights will be redesigned with IQ Light technology.
In addition to changes in appearance and performance improvements, VW will present a number of driver assistance feature options for the Polo GTI. These include Travel Assist and a Level 2 semi-autonomous system. Of all the available Polo Mk6 variants from Life, Style, R-Line to GTI, these advanced features will likely be available in the highest trim.
Another upgrade for the facelifted version of the Polo GTI is the MIB3 infotainment system adopted by the German manufacturer from the latest Golf. This system will accompany a touch-sensitive slider control that is used as an air conditioner setting. As for the interior, no further information is available, but it’s expected: front seats with additional side and tartan upholstery, the GTI logo on the steering wheel and shift knob, and possibly revised graphics for the infotainment screen and digital instrument cluster.
In addition to advanced features and a modern look, the Polo GTI 2021 will still rely on a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The engine, which is also adopted from the Golf, is said to produce 209 hp, an increase from the pre-facelift version of only 202 hp. The Polo GTI is only offered with a dual-clutch automatic transmission (DSG), which is connected to the front wheels.
So far that is the only information available about the Polo GTI facelift. Complete information and specifications will be revealed when the Polo GTI is revealed to the public. Apart from the Fiesta ST, the Polo GTI will also be challenged by the Peugeot 208 GTI, Renault Clio RS, and Hyundai i20N.