Volkswagen Polo GTI
Volkswagen Polo

German auto maker Volkswagen is expected to bring its Polo GTI, the powerful version of Polo hatchback, to Auto Expo 2016. Now, ahead of its expected unveiling at the auto show, a prototype of Polo GTI has been spied undergoing test runs in the country.

Snapped by Indian Autos Blog, the test mule seems to be going through its final test runs in the country. The word around the Internet suggests that Polo GTI -- the powerful hatchback -- is likely to be launched in the country around March this year, after its premiere at the Auto Expo in Greater Noida.

At the heart, Polo GTI gets 1.8-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that can dish out 189bhop of power and 320Nm of peak torque. While the transmission in the hatchback is taken care of by seven-speed DSG transmission, the machine GTI can run from 0-100 kmph in 6.7 seconds before reaching the top speed of 236kmph.

As far as the changes in the Polo GTI is concerned, the hot hatchback comes with a honey-comb styled radiator grille with classic red GTI strip, sportier bumpers, rear spoiler, tail light clusters in dark red, black grained diffuser and the chrome dual exhaust tailpipes. It runs on 17-inch alloy wheels and houses new steering wheel, instrument cluster and sports seats.

Although there has not been any word on the pricing of the Polo GTI in the Indian market, rumour has it that price tag will be in the range of Rs 10-15 lakh. And, once the car hits the Indian roads, the new Polo GTI will take on the likes of Fiat Abarth Punto.