The all-new Volkswagen Virtus will soon hit the Indian market. The German sedan will replace the Vento in India. The brand expects to launch the car in India in May 2022. Here are the VW Virtus's specifications.
All new Volkswagen Virtus debut in India
The facelifted version of the Virtus sedan is already available in South American markets since 2018. However, the second generation will debut first in India, before making its way to South America and other markets.
With its facelift, you can expect to see the usual set of exterior cosmetic changes, such as the new grille and headlight designs, as well as the addition of new or updated equipment on the inside. As compared to the Vento, the new Virtus is a substantially larger car and has class-leading dimensions in India. There were plans within the company to rename this sedan to Jetta but were scrapped in favor of sticking with global nomenclature.
Volkswagen has been losing market share to SUVs over the past few years, and it doesn't expect Virtus sales to surpass those of the Taigun SUV.
This MQB A0-IN platform also underpins the VW Group's "India 2.0" products, such as the Taigun and Kushaq, as well as Skoda's upcoming Slavia sedan, which will go on sale before the Virtus.
Most of Virtus' body panels and interior components will be similar to the Slavia's, as will the dashboard and most of its interior switchgear and components. Volkswagen brand-specific interior features, such as the steering wheel color and upholstery color, will also differentiate it from its Czech cousin.
The features of the VW Virtus SUV will be a 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster with wireless phone charging and other connected car technology, leatherette seats, a sunroof, and keyless entry and go.
Engine, gearbox options for India
There will be two petrol engine options for the Volkswagen Virtus sedan in India – one that produces 115 hp and the other has 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque. There will likely be six-speed manual and six-speed torque converter automatic transmissions for the 1.0 TSI and six-speed manual and torque converter automatic transmissions for the 1.5 TSI, respectively.
For the more powerful Virtus models, VW might even offer a GT Line trim, which would feature a sportier exterior design and differing features from the standard Virtus. Volkswagen Group products, including the Slavia, will not have a diesel engine option, putting it at a disadvantage compared to competitors like the Honda City and Hyundai Verna, which have diesel engines.