Oncars.in has reported that Volkswagen is planning to launch the Vento GT TSI coming October. It will be equipped with the 1.2 Litre engine and the DSG gearbox from the Polo GT TSI.
The information did surprise us at first. Why would Volkswagen even think of strapping on an engine from a smaller car to a bigger, longer and heavier sedan?? Generally, we get to see an overdose of the term “Hot Hatch”, arising from the practice of putting a sedan’s engine in a hatchback to make it more sporty, nimble and eager. Commonalities in the Hot Hatch sphere include Punto 93 PS edition, Etios Liva Sportivo and Nismo Micra.
We soon realised that a smaller engine on a sedan could be used to create a more restrained, frugal version of the original sedan. Operating and maintenance costs would be lower, thus justifying the tactic of adding a smaller engine.
In the specific case of Vento and Polo, OnCars.in feels that Polo doesn’t justify the “GT” badging accorded to it on the Polo GT TSI. The Vento, on the other hand, has better stability and space for occupants thanks to its longer footprint.
They feel that the Volkswagen Vento GT TSI is a much better option than the Polo GT TSI. Volkswagen India has been into a lot of stealthy activity of late, launching the Polo GT TDI and the CrossPolo. The Vento GT TSI could be unveiled in the month of October.
Reportedly, Vento GT TSI will use the same engine along with the auto transmission from Polo. Considering that this turbocharged petrol motor is involving to drive, it would be very interesting to see how would things turn out once it gets to a bigger heavier car.
We are keeping a close eye on this, let’s see how things turn up…