Earlier this week the first rumor surrounding the VW Polo GT diesel emerged. Reports stated that VW was looking to introduce the most powerful Polo hatchback yet, powered by the 1.6 liter diesel engine from the VW Vento sedan.
On one hand the sound of a 1.6 liter diesel powered hot hatch sounds exciting. But think about it again from a logical point of view and suddenly it appears VW might not actually do that. Here is the simple reason why.
A sub-4 meter car that runs on an engine any larger than 1.5 liter is liable for additional tax. Thus, a 1.6 liter diesel engined VW Polo would end having a price so high it would repel potential customers. Hence, VW is unlikely to introduce the diesel engine from the sedan.
Does that mean a diesel GT version of the Polo is out of the question? Not necessarily. An AutocarIndia report claims the diesel Polo hot hatch is still very much on the cards. But instead of the 1.6 liter TDI unit, a downsized version of the same will make it into the Polo, thus avoiding the tax trap.
According to the report, a 1.6 liter TDI derived 1.5 liter TDI will actually replace the former, even in the Vento and the 1.2 liter diesel Polo as well. In it's default state of tune this engine is said to produce 89 BHP, which would go on to power the Polo. A version in a higher state of tuning, delivering 104 BHP will go on to power the VW Vento sedan and the Polo GT diesel.
The new engine is rumored to be introduced in early 2014, around the month of May.