Volkswagen has history of making thoughtful cars for the masses. The manufacturer’s name itself means ‘people’s-car’ in German. However, Volkswagen has also catered to the enthusiast by offering a little more in their cars which carry the GTI badge. In fact, the Polo GTI (in the global market), launched as the Volkswagen GTI in the Indian market, offers a crazy amount of oomph! However, according to a recent statement made by the Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess, the GTI range of cars are unlikely to get any more additions.
Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess has put an end to speculations about any new addition to the GTI range. He added that the Golf GTI, recently introduced Up! GTI and upcoming Polo GTI complete the GTI range of cars.
Herbert Diess said, “I think with the three we have now, we are set. GTI for us is ‘the’ hot hatch: a sporty car, classless, with potential for everyday use and accessible for many. It should be this car – a hot hatch.”
This new move to limit the GTI range does not leave much scope for GTI ID range of cars. Although Diess stated that including a performance model is not the aim for the forthcoming all-electric cars. On the other hand, Diess also hinted that the Volkswagen group of company will widen its range of sporty hybrid models with the GTE badge. Adding to that, he said, “With any model line-ups, you have electrification coming. There is a broader possibility for GTE than GTI”
What´s more, it won’t be viable for the company to add the Polo GTE to its portfolio due to its market position and price, pointed the Volkswagen head.
This also rules out the possibility of Volkswagen Scirocco getting a GTI update, but now that the company will be focusing on the GTE models, the Scirocco GTE is highly likely.