Will it be even more fun than the Golf?
Volkswagen just released a new Polo, the subcompact hatchback positioned below the Golf. Though it's never been offered in the United States, this latest Polo is notable because it offers groundbreaking technology such as IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights and IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist, a "partly automated driving" system. With the Polo reveal fresh on our minds, Volkswagen just teased a hotter variant, the Polo GTI.
The official debut was scheduled during the annual GTI weekend meet on Lake Worthersee in Austria, though the event is canceled due to Covid-19. This meetup started back in 1982 and has become one of the world's largest gatherings for GTI enthusiasts. Volkswagen often reveals new models and concepts at the event.
The teaser image is just a rendering, but it clarifies what the Polo GTI will look like. Volkswagen carried over many of the styling elements from the 2021 Golf GTI, but the Polo GTI's design is slightly more conventional. Instead of having five hexagonal fog lights on each side of the bumper like the Golf GTI, the Polo only has two lights. The GTI variant will build on the Polo's handsome looks but add more aggressive accents like a deeper front grille, red accent lines, GTI badges, and larger wheels. Like the Golf, the Polo GTI will likely gain sportier accents inside as well.
Volkswagen didn't specify what's under the hood but mentions that the Polo GTI will boast "high-torque front-wheel drive, dynamically tuned sports chassis, and expressive design." The previous-generation model produced 197 horsepower from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, so this new model should build upon that figure without offering a massive power increase. It will certainly be less than the 241-hp offered in the Golf GTI.
The Polo GTI will make its world debut at the end of June 2021, so it's less than two months away. Though VW has sold all eight GTI generations here in the US, it has never offered the Polo or its hardcore GTI variant.