New 2017 Volkswagen Polo GTI set for 2.0-litre power


Next generation VW hot supermini to get turbocharged 2.0-litre lifted from previous Golf, developing 197bhp

An all-new Volkswagen Polo is scheduled to appear later this year, and naturally a fresh GTI badged hot hatch version will follow in its tracks. 

While we’ve little solid information on the next Polo GTI, VW has confirmed what we’ll find under the bonnet. A 197bhp 2.0 TSI from the previous Golf GTI will feature in its next hot supermini, meaning it will be more powerful and noticeably faster than the one it will replace.

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The current Polo GTI boasts 189bhp, but the new model will turn up the wick to be on par with the next-generation Ford Fiesta ST, which makes use of a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder. We’d expect the increase in power to drop the 0-62mph time from 6.7 seconds to less than six seconds. 

The new MQB A0-based Polo GTI is likely to use the same XDS electronic diff lock as the current car, while adaptive dampers with comfort and sport settings could also appear.

The confirmation of the 197bhp engine in the MQB A0 platform is also the strongest hint yet that it’ll also appear in a hot SEAT Ibiza Cupra. 

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There will be lowered sports suspension, racy alloys and the usual GTI trimmings, but overall the next Polo won’t be a gamechanger in terms of design. Our exclusive image (above) previews how the standard sixth-generation Polo will look when it goes on sale, so expect this shape and look but with more agressive bumpers, larger wheels and a honeycomb style grille.

The Polo GTI should arrive shortly after the rest of the range at the end of the year, starting at just above £20,000.

Does the idea of a 2.0-litre powered hot-supermini sound good in the impending 3-cylinder era? Let us know in the comments below… 

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