Volkswagen officially unveils its latest SA-bound Polo GTI: local availability announced

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2022 VW Polo GTI
2022 VW Polo GTI
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The new VW Polo GTI houses a 2.0-litre TSI engine delivering 152kW and 320Nm, with a top speed of 240km/h.

Used for the first time in a Polo GTI, IQ.Drive Travel Assist enables semi-automated driving.

The model will be available in SA during the first quarter of 2022.

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After teasing initial sketch images in May, Volkswagen has officially unveiled the latest generation of its Polo GTI hot hatch.

According to Volkswagen South Africa, the model will be launched locally during the first quarter of 2022.Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre TSI engine that delivers 152kW and 320Nm, using a seven-speed DSG transmission that sends power to the front axles. Performance-wise, it accelerates from 0-100km/h in 6.5-seconds and runs to a top speed of 240km/h.

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2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI
2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI

Customers can choose between Deep Black Pearl Effect, Smoke Grey Metallic, Kings Red Metallic, Pure White Solid and Reef Blue Metallic body colours. The last three colours can be optionally combined with a black roof. The hot hatch comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, though larger 18-inch ones are offered as an option.

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Offered for the first time in a Polo GTI chassis is IQ. Drive that enables semi-automated driving. Other standard features include adaptive cruise control, driver alert system, front braking assist, auto emergency braking, and lane-keeping assistance.

2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI
2022 Volkswagen Polo GTI

One of the most attractive exterior updates is the presence of new IQ LED headlights, an illuminated front grille and fog lights shaped similar to that of the upcoming Golf 8 GTI. The red pinstripe on the front, badging on the boot and fender, remains the same as the previous models.

VW spared no expense on the inside as the GTI comes standard with a 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro and 8.0-inch display with full Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Some of the optional equipment includes a panoramic sunroof, ArtVelours seat covers, voice control and a six-speaker 'beats' sound system.

More information regarding specification and pricing will be released closer to the launch date.

2022 VW Polo GTI
2022 VW Polo GTI

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