While the enthusiasts were waiting for a facelift of Vento, Volkswagen seems to have prepared some other plans to surprise its reverers in the not-so-distant future. The brand will be introducing a successor of Vento in the market in early 2022, named Volkswagen Virtus. In the overseas market, the car has been launched more than a year ago. In India, glimpses of Volkswagen’s upcoming premium sedan were caught when it was being tested on the fringes of Mumbai.
What is Volkswagen Virtus?
Virtus is a new mid-sized sedan of Volkswagen, with approx. 2650 mm long wheelbase. The exterior curves of Virtus are not much different from those of Vento, but the car is dimensionally bigger than it. Along with approx. 9cm longer length and approx. 5.2 cm wider width, Virtus has a significantly larger cabin and boot space (approx. 521 L) than Vento.
Just like Volkswagen Taigun, Virtus will have the MQB AO IN platform, and the same platform will be used by Skoda in its upcoming cars. ‘IN’ refers to India and connotes that the production of the car will be India-based.
Volkswagen Virtus specifications
- 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine with 110 PS power and 175 Nm torque | 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with 150 PS power and 250 Nm of torque
- 6-Speed manual, 6-Speed automatic (torque converter), and 7-speed DSG transmission.
- A 10-inch touch screen infotainment system, a completely digital driver’s display, LED daylight running lamps, and LED headlamps.
- 6 airbags, ESP (Electronic stability program), automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, and sunroof.
What is the price of Volkswagen Virtus?
The production of Volkswagen Virtus will be localised, due to its platform MQB AO IN. The anticipated price range is Rs. 10-15 Lakhs (ex-showroom) and rivals are Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Verna, and New Skoda Rapid.