2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI facelift debuts with hotter looks


Hotter exterior, spicier cabin.

The Volkswagen Polo facelift lineup is now joined by the hotter GTI variant with even more hotter looks than before and new onboard technology. The new Polo GTI has already been listed on the official VW Germany website, but the prices are yet to be announced.

As we saw in the teaser a month ago, the new GTI gets a sporty front bumper with a honeycomb pattern and honeycomb-shaped running lights; a red strip that runs over the top LED strip; a GTI badge on the front wings/fenders; a black rear spoiler, chrome-plated tailpipes, and standard 17-inch ‘Milton Keynes’ rims hiding the red-painted calipers. Buyers can go for the optional 18-inch ‘Faro’ rims. The IQ.Light — LED matrix headlights come standard. The model-specific sports chassis lowers the ride height by 15 mm.

There are five exterior colors to choose from: Deep Black Pearl, Smoke Grey Metallic, Kings Red Metallic, Pure White Uni, and Reef Blue Metallic; the latter three can be combined with a contrast black roof as an option.

The cabin has been spiced up with red on the dashboard and centre console in this particular example; notice that the red also flows around the door handles. Other features include a GTI-branded sports steering wheel with touch controls; and standard sport seats with ‘Clark’ checked fabric upholstery and red contrast stitching. Sport comfort seats are available in the options list. The rest of the stuff has been carried over from the regular Polo, including an optional 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro; the latest generation (MIB3.1) 9.2-inch infotainment system; wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, and the optional IQ.Drive Travel Assist. A 6-speaker Beats audio system is also optional.

Volkswagen didn’t share anything on the powertrain, which means the GTI facelift will continue to pack a 152 kW (207 metric hp) 2.0L 4-cylinder TSI motor paired with a 7-speed DSG that drives the front wheels. The front axle gets a locking differential (XDS differential lock).

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