While we all know about the upcoming launch of the Skoda Slavia, Volkswagen has been comparatively more discreet about their latest model, the Virtus. The midsize sedan will be a replacement for the 12-year-old Volkswagen Vento in India. The new sedan will have its global debut on March 8th. It will launch in India at the end of May this year. Scroll down to know more.
Volkswagen Virtus: Engine and performance
Volkswagen will be using the same MQB AO IN platform for the Virtus. The Volkswagen has two petrol engine options which it is powered by. It includes a 1.0-litre 3 cylinder engine and a 1.5-litre 4 cylinder engine.
Both the engines will have a six-speed manual transmission. The latter will have a DSG unit and the smaller engine pairs to a 6-speed torque converter AT gearbox. Volkswagen will be offering a GT variant for the Virtus just like they did for the Taigun SUV.
Volkswagen Virtus Highlights
The upcoming Volkswagen Virtus will have features similar to that of its competitors as they all work on the same platform. It will have a 10-inch infotainment system, wireless chargers, and a sunroof. It also has keyless entry, leather cushioning, automatic headlamps and LED headlights. Other features include a tyre pressure monitor, automatic climate control and more. Other highlights include Apple Carplay, Android Auto and cruise control.
Pricing and Safety
The Volkswagen Virtus is expected to be priced a little more than the upcoming Slavia. The launch of Slavia is on 28th February, which means more details will come to light after its launch. Although unsure, the price for Volkswagen is expected to be from ₹10.5 lakh up to ₹18 lakh.
On its safety aspect, the Virtus sedan comes with excellent safety features including 6 airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system. It also has Traction control, ABS (Anti-lock brake), EBD (Electronic brake force distribution) and more.
After the launch, the Virtus will have competitors like the Skoda Slavia, Hyundai Verna, 2022 Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The Virtus is an outstanding sedan and expectations are high. Stay tuned for more updates and the latest news.
1. Does Volkswagen Virtus replace Vento?
The Virtus is replacing the VW Vento and it will be available from May in India. It has more refined features and highlights and it is a highly awaited model.
2. Who are the Volkswagen Virtus’ competitors?
Competitors for the Volkswagen Virtus include Skoda Slavia, Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz in the Indian market.
3. Is the Volkswagen brand profitable in India?
Volkswagen India showed a 20% drop in its net profits for 2020. The brand had a profitable 2021 in India with the India 2.0 project.