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Volkswagen To Launch Polo GT 1.2 TSI On 25th April


2013 Volkswagen Polo Spied

Volkswagen will launch the Polo GT in India on the 25th of April, 2013. The German automaker discontinued the Polo 1.6 last year and we were the first to report the same. The Polo 1.6 offered good levels of performance but did not make financial sense as Volkswagen had to pay higher excise duties since the 1.6-litre petrol motor did not get them excise duty benefits enjoyed by small cars. Now Volkswagen is all set to launch the replacement of the Polo 1.6, in the form of the Polo GT, which will be priced at least Rs. 1 lakh more than the top-end Polo 1.2.

The Volkswagen Polo GT will be powered by a 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine which generates 104 BHP of peak power at 5000 RPM and 175 Nm of peak torque at 1500 RPM, mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission. Thus the Polo GT will be the first turbocharged hatchback in our country and also the only one to feature such an advanced automatic gearbox. This 4-cylinder high performance TSI motor is also quite frugal and is expected to return a mileage of 14 km/l in city driving conditions.

Volkswagen will also give the Polo GT some visual flair in the form of a body kit. The car will borrow smoked headlights from the Vento while the interiors will also be given the sporty treatment. We have spotted the Polo GT several times already, including tracing their hideout. The performance oriented Polo is quite fast and is a hot hatch in the real sense. It will compete with the recently launched Toyota Etios TRD Sportivo (1.5) and upcoming Fiat Punto Abarth. The era of performance hatchbacks in India is just commencing.

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  • Akash April 3, 2013, 1:26 pm

    Now there are 2 cars in by buying list……… First one is obviously Abarth Punto and second one is this….. :D

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  • S Pani April 3, 2013, 2:22 pm

    You mention three cars that will sort of compete. But to me they seem as different as chalk and cheese.

    1. Toyota Liva Sportivo:
    1.5L, 88hp, 132nm torque, standard suspension.
    2. VW Polo TSI: (assuming ur specs are correct)
    1.2L turbo, 105hp, 175nm torque, and blasphemous auto gearbox
    3. Abarth Punto(assumed/approximated specs)
    1.4 MultiAir turbo, 250nm torque, 6speed manual, 17in wheels.

    To me the Abarth is the only true properly hot hatch. Even if Fiat give the Abarth a standard tubro engine, it will still outpower the 1.2TSI by quite some margin. If the Polo has to properly compete with the Abarth, they need to put in the 1.4TSI and that too not in the tame 120PS state that is found in the Jetta in India. A Polo 1.4TSI with 140PS power will make for some serious competition to the Abarth.

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    • Faisal Khan April 3, 2013, 2:36 pm

      S Pani, yes they are very different but the target market for all are the same – ENTHUSIASTS (a limited segment in India).

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    • karikor April 3, 2013, 3:02 pm

      I guess Faisal had to put all the three in one box since there is nothing else in the hatchback segment that spells out a little bit of extra exciting performance (both real and pseudo) . I hope a few years down the line, we will not have to compare chalk to cheese again.

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    • S Pani April 3, 2013, 6:20 pm

      Actually if you ask me, the three cars will be bought by almost completely different people.

      1. The Liva will be bought by a Liva petrol buyer, who has extra cash, and wants to go in for a bit more power and a body kit. Though why someone would waste money on a pointless and not very good looking body kit is beyond me. And going by the fact that I dont see any of these on the road, I think most agree with me. Anybody who calls themselves an driving/performance enthusiast will not touch the Liva, even with a long pole.

      2. The Abarth, if it does come with a 150(+/-15)hp engine, will be the ultimate choice for the performance enthusiast. In fact most people who want to buy an imported sports car, but dont have the 30lakh plus cash will probably go in for an Abarth. It is also likely to find a home as the 2nd or 3rd car in the garage of richer class, sharing space with far costlier cars.

      3. The Polo 1.2TSI, is more of an intermediate performance car. Someone who wants a regular car, but with a bit more poke from the engine will probably take the Polo. But, the 1.2TSI wont be able to entice people who have more cash. For example, if today there was a choice between a 150hp Abarth, vs the Laura 1.8TSI considerable number of people will take the Abarth. But the choice between the 1.2TSI Polo and a 1.8TSI Laura is purely based on affordability.

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      • Faisal Khan April 3, 2013, 6:49 pm

        S Pani, yes you have a very valid argument there. But in India, majority people choose by price and not by specs. That said, I feel the Abarth is the most extreme performance machine, the Polo sits in between and the Liva is for someone who found the 1.2-litre petrol engine underpowered.

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      • S Pani April 3, 2013, 7:09 pm

        True most people first come up with a budget, and then chose the car that suits them the most in that budget.

        But there are certain vehicles which do lie outside this rule. And the Abarth will be such a car, largely due to the fact that there will be nothing the will come close to its ability within a large price bracket.

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        • Faisal Khan April 4, 2013, 12:20 am

          S Pani, probably Maruti Suzuki should launch the Swift Sport, that too is a huge fun to drive car and could do well.

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        • S Pani April 4, 2013, 6:35 am

          Yes, the Swift sport too will be a good addition to the hot hatch market. Though its 1.6L NA engine wont be a match to the 1.4L Turbo engines from either FIAT or VW. Not to mention it will attract extra tax thanks to the engine being larger than 1.5L.

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          • Faisal Khan April 4, 2013, 11:17 pm

            S Pani, even the Fiat petrol engine will attract higher excise duty. It’s only the Polo which won’t be subjected to higher duties.

  • Dhruv April 4, 2013, 8:24 am

    How much bhp did the old 1.6 make?

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    • S Pani April 4, 2013, 11:02 am

      Pretty much similar bhp, and slightly less torque compared to this 1.2TSI. But the 1.2 will allow for higher fuel efficiency, thus attracting more people.

      May in future, we will see the 1.2TSI in the Vento too.

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  • Manish April 4, 2013, 11:07 am

    I heard from one VW sales guy last month that VW is bringing 90BHP version of TSI engine in india and it would replace the curent 1.2MPI engine. for last couple of month polo petrol is not readily available for delivery and dealers are offering 4-6 weeks of waiting time. One sales guy gave me reason that VW is currently working on new engine, hence they have reduced the manufacturing of polo patrol and very soon they are coming with new engine as a replacement of current petrol engine.

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    • S Pani April 4, 2013, 11:40 am

      Would definitely be a good way to counter the hopeful arrival of other cars like FIAT TwinAir Punto and Ford Fiesta hatch with 1L Ecoboost.

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    • Faisal Khan April 4, 2013, 11:19 pm

      Manish, the TSI is not a replacement to the existing 1.2-litre, 3-pot engine.

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      • Manish April 6, 2013, 10:19 pm

        Faisal: is there any news for replacement of current 1.2 litre 3-pot engine?

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        • Faisal Khan April 7, 2013, 10:18 pm

          Manish, nope, it will continue to be on sale.

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  • rajesh April 12, 2013, 12:39 pm

    Dear Faisal!
    Are you sure about the launch date. Actually I am planning to book a polo diesel in the next week. Should I wait for the new polo? How is the upcoming polo to be priced and how will it be different from the present?

    Can you please share some info…

    Regards
    Rajesh

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    • Faisal Khan April 13, 2013, 1:26 am

      Rajesh, yes the launch date is more or less confirmed. But you will get to read all about the car by then, so that will help you to make a better decision.

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      • Rajesh April 16, 2013, 6:31 pm

        Yep! Waiting to read more of it from you.

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  • Dynamic April 12, 2013, 7:53 pm

    polo s a gud car it need to b a firml person bt fiat s a youthful car nd for natching the dynamics of a ford vw polo should tink if launching a gti version

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