Volkswagen Polo TSI 1.0-litre
Volkswagen Polo TSI 1.0-litreVolkswagen Press

Volkswagen India's most powerful Polo variant, the GTI, is all set to enter India in March 2016. With the new launch, the Polo hatchback range will grow to five from the the current four - regular Polo, Cross Polo, GT TSI, GT TDI.

A latest import data from also indicates Volkswagen India imported Polo with 1.0-litre turbo-charged petrol engine to India from Germany on 20 November. The data says the purpose of the import is testing.

The Polo 1.0 TSI is powered by a 999cc three-cylinder engine that develops 94bhp at 5,000-5,500rpm and 160Nm of torque at 1,500-3,500rpm mated to five-speed manual transmission. The car accelerates from 0-100kmph 10.5 seconds despite being smaller engine and reaches top speed of 191kmph.

It would be interesting to see how Volkswagen will position the 1.0-litre TSI engine in the already packed Polo line-up. The new Polo with cosmetic changes launched for the international market is yet to arrive in India. The new engine might be part of the facelifted Polo which is expected to be launched sometime next year in India.

Smaller engine means lesser pollution and that would help Volkswagen to overcome the hammered reputation due the emission scandal in September 2015. The model was brought to India as a CBU and had an import value of about Rs 20 lakh.

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