Hot hatches have not been very successful in the Indian market. A very small share of buyers is interested in these kind of cars. Volkswagen launched the Golf GTI in India in 2016. The car stirred up a new segment in the Indian car market but was discontinued due to poor sales. VW felt that the car had a lot of potential but was unsuccessful as the GTI is a 3-door version. The German automaker now plan to reintroduce the 8th generation Golf GTI as a 5-door variant as Indians are inclined towards 5-door vehicles.
Still nothing has been officially revealed by the carmaker. The updated Golf GTI is expected to feature a retuned engine of the current car`s 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol unit. The will be a bump in the power figures with 255 PS +15 for the standard variant and 290PS +45 for the TCR variant. The torque figures are also set to increase from the existing 350 Nm and 370 Nm.
The VW Golf GTI will be based on the updated MQB platform. The new generation car is expected to get revised front and rear bumpers, larger brakes, dual exhausts, larger air intakes and a rear spoiler. With the GTI VW wants to provide car enthusiasts the best handing and steering feedback. The current steering setup will be reworked for providing superior feedback.
The model will arrive in India as a CBU unit if it comes to India. The Indian government has relaxed the import rules. This enables automakers to import 2,500 units per year either as a CBU or CKD unit. There is also no need for homologation, but vehicles have to meet international homologation standards.
The VW Golf GTI will be priced around Rs. 40 lakhs. VW plans to follow Skoda`s footsteps as the RS version of the Octavia generated a lot of interest. This is the reason why VW plans to reintroduce the GTI in India. Also, Skoda has plans to bring back the Octavia RS with an even punchier engine banging out 245 PS of power.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
– It is expected to be priced around Rs. 40 lakhs
– Will be based on an updated MQB platform
– The standard variant is expected to generate 255 PS + 15 and the TCR variant will pump out 290 PS + 45
Source – Autocar India
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