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Ought to South Africa get it? Volkswagen reveals new Polo GTS

A moniker usually forgotten from the Volkswagen lexicon because it usually takes prevalence under the GTI, the automaker has injected new life into GTS designation for a efficiency model of the Polo in Brazil.

Junior junior GTI

Successfully the substitute for the Polo GTI not provided in stated market, the GTS boasts styling features derived from its sibling such because the deeper decrease consumption, Matrix LED headlights, wider door sills, sportier entrance and rear bumpers and a GTI-esque crimson underscored grille full with a crimson GTS brand.

On the rear, and because of the Brazilian model not receiving the identical updates because the European and South African-spec Polo last year, the pre-facelift mild clusters stay, together with a color coded fake diffuser.

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Apart from the lights, the one different distinction on the rear is the GTS badge that replaces the GTI insignia beneath the Volkswagen emblem on the bootlid. A set of 18-inch Polo GTI alloy wheels rounds the GTS’ exterior off.

Inside, the distinctive to Brazil 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes as customary, together with the ten.25-inch Energetic Information Show digital instrument cluster, a wi-fi smartphone charger, the touch-sensitive local weather management panel, push-button begin, keyless entry, rain sense wipers, a reverse digicam and entrance in addition to rear parking sensors.

Bespoke to the GTS is a black roofliner, a fake leather-based wrapped steering wheel with crimson detailing, GTS branding and physical buttons, crimson stitching, a brand new gear knob and sport seats with GTS embroidered entrance headrests.

Brazilian Polo hasn’t obtained the identical revised exterior because the South African model.

Energy of 1.4

The primary distinction from the Polo GTI resides beneath the GTS’ bonnet the place the two.0 TSI engine makes manner for the smaller 1.4 TSI the South African-market Polo doesn’t have.

Discovered, nevertheless, within the Tiguan and T-Roc, the long-serving unit, which gave option to the larger 1.5 TSI Evo in Europe greater than 5 years in the past, produces its customary 110kW/250Nm delivered to the entrance wheels by means of a six-speed Tiptronic gearbox versus the GTI’s seven-speed DSG.

High pace is pegged at 206 km/h with the 0-100 km/h sprint taking a claimed 8.3 seconds. Sharing an additional similarity with its extra illustrious sibling is the usual inclusion of the XDS digital entrance differential.

Volkswagen Polo GTS revealed in Brazil
Distinctive inside touches features a 10.1-inch infotainment system provided solely in Brazil.

Decked-out in a alternative of 5 colors; Crystal White, Ninja Black, Sirius Silver Metallic, Platinum Gray Metallic and the mannequin particular Sundown Purple, pricing for the Polo GTS kicks-off at R $145 790 (R483 806) with manufacturing radiating from Volkswagen’s São Bernardo do Campo Plant.

South Africa: sure, no?

Unsurprisingly, the GTS received’t be provided in South Africa anytime quickly as a extra accessible sportier Polo that bridges the present vacant hole between the 85 kW 1.0 TSI R-Line DSG priced at R445 500 and the GTI that retails from R522 500.

Regardless of the hole, the GTS wasn’t named in Volkswagen’s line-up of models heading for South Africa this year, although ought to it’s thought of and even permitted, count on it to presumably preserve maintain of the 1.4 TSI engine and enter manufacturing alongside its siblings on the plant in Kariega, previously Uitenhage, within the Japanese Cape.

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