Volkswagen has been testing its new sedan in India and it’s called the Virtus. The car will replace the existing Volkswagen Vento. The Virtus will be based on the brands MQB AO IN platform which underpins the Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq. The car will be launched in October for Diwali and it might come to been seen in showrooms early next year. 

Based on the same platform the sister company Skoda has been working on their sedan which is named ANB internally. The Vitrus will rival the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. It is expected to be priced between Rs.10L  to 15L ex-showroom. 

What to expect from the Volkswagen Virtus? 

The car is expected to be more spacious and luxurious than the current Vento. The sedan will measure 4,480mm in length, 1,751mm in width and 1,468mm in height. This makes it 90mm longer and 52mm wider than the existing Vento. This improves the wheelbase up to 97mm which makes a total of 2,650mm. This extra dimension added to the sedan improves both legroom inside the cabin and the boot space by a margin of 27 litres which makes it a total of 521 litres. 

The Virtus seems to be based on the ongoing 6th gen Polo seen in other international markets. Both these cars have some commonalities in exterior styling, especially the front. The grille, slimmer headlights, front bumper and hood are almost identical to that of the polo. The difference starts from the B pillar, the extra wheelbase makes the rear doors longer than the Polo. Adding to the design is the strong shoulder line and the sloping roofline which merges with the boot neatly. 

Virtus in the international market features some good features and we can expect it to reach the Indian spec Virtus. This includes a 10.25-inch driver’s digital cluster, 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, connected car technology, wireless charging, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, driver fatigue monitor and more. 

Engine options 

Under the hood, the Virtus only gets two petrol engine option. One is the present 1.0L 3-cylinder TSI engine in the Vento which makes 110bhp and 175nm of torque. And the new 1.5L 4-cylinder TSI engine will feature in the brand’s Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and others. This engine will make 150bhp of power and 250nm of torque. The 1.0L TSI will come with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. But the 1.5L TSI engine will get a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 

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