Volkswagen’s compact Polo has been given a makeover, revealed earlier this year ahead of September’s Australian launch.
For now, the carmaker has offered a look only at the regular Polo line-up, with the top GTI model not set to be revealed until later in the year.
Other details are still to come, although VW has confirmed the Polo GTI will get a power boost from 132 to 141kW and, at last, a manual transmission will be available.
The updated Polo GTI is expected to return to a 1.8 litre powerplant, this time in the form of the turbo engine offered with Skoda’s Octavia.
While the regular Polo range will hit Australia in the second half of this year, the GTI will likely arrive in the first half of 2015. DSG and manual versions are expected to feature locally.
And while not confirmed, we might see the manual Polo GTI enter at around $27,000 - compared to $29,540 for the current DSG-equipped model - making it around $1000 more than Ford’s Fiesta ST.
2015 Volkswagen Polo R Rendered
Reports of a new top-shelf Polo R model have been circulating for years, with the latest rumours - surfacing earlier this year - pointing to a 2015 debut.
In that form, the Polo is good for a 6.4 second run to 100km/h, compared to 6.9 seconds for the current Polo GTI.
With more power, and with all-wheel-drive traction, reports suggest Volkswagen is aiming for the new Polo R to cover the distance in less than six seconds.
And if it's anything like the limited-edition Audi A1 Quattro, driven by the old Golf R's 188kW/350Nm 2.0 litre turbo and all-wheel-drive, a 5.7 second run to the ton won't be out of the question.