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Volkswagen's new Polo GTI: Details and pics

2017-06-16 13:05

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Germany - Volkswagen has launched a new generation of its best-selling Polo  at an event in Germany. 

The new model has an entirely new exterior design, a more spacious interior, new cockpit layout, efficient TSI (petrol), TGI (natural gas) and TDI (diesel) engines. 

Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for Volkswagen, said: "The Polo is a young, fresh car. It combines charisma with strong technology. No other car offers so much space for its size. This makes our Polo the number one compact, and it will remain number one."

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Gallery: 2017 Volkswagen Polo GTI

The new Polo GTI, to be launched in Europe later in 2017, will now be powered by a 2.0-litre TSI with an output of 147kW (previous model 1.8 TSI with 141kW. Matching the engine’s high output are the standard sport chassis and the optional Sport Select chassis. 

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At the front, is has a new sports bumper with integrated spoiler lip and fog lights as standard. Typical GTI insignia at the front include the red stripe on the radiator grille, honeycomb air vent screens and GTI badge. 

Optional LED headlights with a red winglet are available. At the rear, the Polo GTI sports a large black spoiler (underside is black matt), a diffuser, GTI-specific dual exhausts (left side), LED taillights and GTI badging. Along the sides, GTI characteristics include standard 17" alloy wheels (18" optional), side sill extensions and brake calipers that are painted red. 

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Inside, it's fitted with sport seats adorned with the automaker's legendary 'Clark' tartan pattern, a multi-function leather-trimmed sport steering wheel with red stitching, rooflining and roof pillars in black and a GTI gear shift grip. 

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