The next-generation Volkswagen Polo is on the way later in 2017, and the much-anticipated GTI variant (spied above) will pack a Golf-sized 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine with 197 horsepower, according to Auto Express.

The 2.0-litre’s output would be an upgrade over the existing Polo GTI 1.8-litre turbo's 189 hp and 236 pound-feet of torque. The larger engine in the next-gen model would offer improved torque than the current hot hatch, too, plus the kudos of being sourced from the previous-gen Golf GTI. 

By installing a larger engine into the next Polo GTI, VW is taking a different approach to Ford’s latest Fiesta ST, which downsizes to a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder instead of a 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder. The latest ST200 version of the Fiesta has 197 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque.

The new Polo range moves to a smaller version of VW’s MQB platform, which also underpins the latest Seat Ibiza. The switch allows the model to have a larger cabin but still reduce overall weight. The diet should help the GTI variant to make the most of its improved power. 

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A practically production-spec next-gen Polo has already appeared in spy photos (above). VW’s designers have evolved the current design by making revisions to the grille and adding almond-shaped headlights. Larger taillights punctuate the rear end. Inside, the company reportedly incorporates major tech upgrades, including an optional digital instrument panel like the system optional on Audis.

VW reportedly intends to cut the number of powertrain choices in the Polo to 12 from the current 14, and a hybrid could be among those offerings. Depending on the engine, a dual-clutch gearbox would be available as an option instead of the standard manual gearbox.

The new Polo reportedly debuts debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but the GTI variant might arrive slightly later. A Polo-based crossover will eventually be part of the lineup, too.

Source: Auto Express

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