We reported earlier that Volkswagen is readying two new cars, the Taigun mid-sized SUV and an all-new mid-sized sedan for the Indian market. The new VW mid-sized sedan will replace the ageing Vento sedan. It is expected that a slightly revised version of the Virtus sedan, which has been caught testing on the Indian roads.
MQB AO IN platform
The Volkswagen Virtus for the Indian market will be based on the heavily localised MQB AO IN, which will also underpin the Taigun mid-sized SUV. The company will aim to achieve over 95% localisation to achieve competitive pricing. The global-spec model is based on the MQB AO platform, which underpins the VW T-Cross.
Significantly Bigger Than Vento
The global-spec model rides on a 2,650mm long wheelbase, which is around 80mm more than that of the new gen Polo hatchback. In terms of proportions, the Virtus is 4,480mm long, 1,751mm wide and 1,468mm tall. This is around 90mm longer and 52mm wider than the current Vento. In fact, the wheelbase has been raised by 97mmm. The sedan has a luggage carrying capacity of 521-litres, which is again 27-litres more than the Vento.
Volkswagen Virtus Petrol-Only
The India-spec VW Virtus will be powered by a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 108bhp and 175Nm of torque. Transmission choices will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque convertor automatic. The sedan could also get a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which will also power the Taigun. Paired to a 7-speed DSG, this engine produces 147bhp and 250Nm of torque.
Design & Interior
The new VW Virtus is basically the sedan version of the new Polo on sale in select international markets. The sedan shares styling cues from the bigger VW sedans including the Passat. It will have Typical VW grille, slimmer headlamps with integrated angle running lights, LED tail-lamps and sloping roofline.
The mid-sized sedan is equipped with decent comfort and convenience features. It features an all-digital 10.25-inch active info display on the dashboard and 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is compatible with MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Adding to it, the sedan gets automatic climate control, leather-seats, multi-functional steering wheel, etc.
Volkswagen Virtus Launch Timeline & Price
The India-spec model is expected to be introduced in the second half of 2021, while launch is expected in the first quarter of 2022. It will be positioned against the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna. The sedan is likely to be priced around Rs 9 lakh to Rs 14 lakh.
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