After being caught around a few times, upcoming VW Polo GT TDI has now been spotted with a Manual Transmission. There have been a few rumors about it being equipped with a DSG Automatic Transmission and they all go quashed! Chances of Volkswagen offering the GT TDI with an Automatic Variant as well are probably next to negligible.
We have been very active in bringing you all the details and spyshots of the upcoming models from German Giant VW. Volkswagen is looking to leverage their existing models Polo and Vento by introducing newer variants. The first one from under the Polo umbrella was the Polo GT TSI with a peppy turbocharged petrol mill. The upcoming Polo GT TDI is its diesel sibling and will definitely be a cracker-of-a-car.
Thanks to “tushky“, a TeamBHP member, who has shared a couple of spyshots of the new Polo GT TDI with covered ‘GT’ badge. However, this same car was flaunting the ‘GT’ badge when it was caught earlier. The TDI badging, manual shifter as well as the black interiors can be clearly seen. It is clad in exteriors similar to the Polo GT TSI as we know.
However, the car is more than just what meets the eye. It was all expected to carry Vento’s 1.6L diesel mill which will have ensured it gets called as a ‘Medium sized’ car in our excise duty context. This means a slap of a double excise duty. But according to Autocar India Editor, Hormazd Sorabjee it will be a 1.5L diesel motor that will propel the new hot diesel Polo.
Like Polo GT TSI’s 1.2L turbocharged petrol engine, this 1.5L diesel engine will also make its debut in India under the upcoming Polo GT TDI. Currently, we are not sure about its specs but it will be fun for sure, possibly better than Vento!
How will Volkswagen better their Polo GT against the likes of Toyota Etios Liva TRD Sportivo, Punto 90HP and others, remains to be seen. And with the 1.5L it has also become apparent that Volkswagen will be able to price it competitively since it will attract the least 12% excise duty like other hatchbacks.
We expected Volkswagen to bring the Polo GT TDI (or Cross Polo) sometime close to the festive period, however, Hormazd says, it will come to us only (early) next year in 2014.
So, will the ‘under test’ Cross Polo also get the same 1.5L TDI Motor?