The new engine - which is borrowed from the EA888 powerplants developed by Audi - replaces the 1.4-litre turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder unit. It means the Polo GTI gets a power bump from 132kW to 141kW, while torque rises from 250Nm to a chunky 320Nm - close to that seen in hot-hatches in the next size category up.
According to reports, the new Polo GTI is also set to get a reduction to its 0-100km/h time, down from 6.9 seconds to a sprightly 6.7sec. The GTI's top speed is said to be increased to 236km/h (was 228km/h).
While the seven-speed dual-clutch auto is retained, the six-speed manual will likely mean the price of the new-generation model drops to allow it to rival the likes of the Ford Fiesta ST (from $25,990). The existing model was priced at $29,540 for the five-door model - there are no images available of the new-look five-door model yet - while the three-door version was priced at $27,990.
Styling changes stay true to the GTI way, with a honeycomb grille trimmed with a red character line, honeycomb air intakes, lower lip and sill extensions, red GTI badges, a rear spoiler and a sportier rear bumper bar.
While no standard Polo models sold in Australia adopt adaptive dampers, the new Polo GTI is expected to be offered with the option of Sport-Select suspension.
Interior changes include a new flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, revised instrument cluster with new graphic elements, and revamped sports seats with a new tartan trim design.
The new model is expected to bring an upscale media system over the standard Polo (which has a 5.0-inch colour touchscreen) which will allow the capability for satellite navigation, which is otherwise unavailable.
The new GTI is set to arrive in Australia in the first half of 2015. Stay tuned for more.