Volkswagen has revealed pricing and specification details for the new Polo GTI, which is on sale now with technology and styling influenced by the larger Golf.
Just one specification level is available for the hot hatchback and prices start from £26,430. As before, the car is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 204bhp.
Torque is pegged at 236lb ft at 1500-4500rpm, which helps enable the GTI to cover 0-62mph in 6.5sec. Four drive modes are available: Eco, Individual, Normal and Sport.
As with the previous GTI, the front-wheel-drive Polo is equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. As yet, there is still no word on a long-rumoured manual gearbox option for the Ford Fiesta ST rival.
The car also features uprated running gear, including a larger front anti-roll bar, and gains a 10.25in digital cockpit screen alongside an 8.0in central display.
Among the roster of other standard equipment is a centre airbag, two-zone climate control, 17in alloy wheels, a leather multifunction steering wheel and Volkswagen’s Light and Sight Pack, with automatic headlight control, walk-me-home lights, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
The GTI is returning as the Polo's flagship model and takes design inspiration from the eighth-generation Golf for its new front end, complete with VW's new light bar signature, and a revamped rear.
'IQ Light' LED matrix headlights are standard to accompany the full-width front light bar. The firm says the light bar “creates a style connection to the battery-electric ID models from Volkswagen and to the new vehicle generation of successful models like the Golf, Arteon and Tiguan”.
A different bumper design refreshes the rear end, while standard 17in alloy wheels are available in a new design based on that used by the Golf. The Polo GTI also receives dynamic turn signals for the first time. Six paint colours are offered – Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, Kings Red metallic, Reef Blue metallic and Smokey Grey metallic – with a black roof for red, white and blue paint options.
The GTI's equipment level is based on Life trim, which means an 8.0in central infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality integrated. The red interior trim seen on the previous model returns to mark out the hot hatch.
Volkswagen's Discover Pro and Discover Media systems are optional, and the car also receives the firm's new ‘Digital Cockpit’ dashboard set-up, as used by the Golf and ID 3. Other options include a panoramic sunroof, voice control, wireless charging, a Beats sound system and 18in alloy wheels.