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The new 2011 Volkswagen Polo just might be the small car VW needs to restore its reputation for inexpensive fun. The German automaker may not leave that to chance, if it adds a Polo GTI model and a two-door coupe to the subcompact lineup, as Motor Authority reports.
The new Polo will spawn a range of vehicles--a five-door wagon and a three-door hatchback, for starters. Also in the model plan: A two-door coupe is in the cards for Europe, Motor Authority says, slotting beneath Volkswagen's Scirocco coupe that's not sold in the U.S. The new coupe will get a supercharged and turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that should make up to 180 horsepower in the Polo coupe. A seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission will be offered.
That powertrain will make its way into the planned Polo GTI as well. The GTI version will be a three-door hatchback, and was spotted recently in concept form.
Volkswagen's plans for the Polo in the U.S. haven't been laid out, but the GTI sub-brand has always helped Volkswagen's street credentials. Can it do the same for the first Polo play? We'll bring you more from the 2009 Frankfurt auto show, where we expect Volkswagen to reveal more of its plans for future small cars and electric cars, and also from the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show where the Polo GTI may make its world debut.