Volkswagen Virtus has been in news since a few photographs of the sedan started doing rounds on the internet after the India-bound new-generation Polo made its debut. According to the reports in the market, this Polo based sedan is going to be launched in the South American market soon and we can expect the Indian debut of the sedan in 2018. When launched in India, the new Polo based sedan will be the next gen Volkswagen Vento in the country with the ‘Virtus’ moniker.
Unveiled for international markets in June 2017, the new Volkswagen Virtus/Vento gets the same modular MQB A0 platform that underpins many of the new generation VW-Group vehicles including the new Polo. The German automaker has also expressed its desire to roll out some interesting products for the Indian market in order to become the most affordable premium brand in the highly competitive segments.
According to the images, the sedan looks quite stylish with Volkswagen headlamps and new wrap-around tail lamps. The front bumper will also feature a sculpted look with large and wide air intake and neatly positioned sharp looking rectangular fog lamps. At the sides, the Volkswagen Virtus could have diamond-cut alloy wheels enhancing the style. Apart from that, it will also get turn indicator integrated ORVMs, blackened glass area, sharp character lines and chrome finished door handles as well. While at the rear, it will get compact taillights with LED a chunky bumper and chrome finishing. The VW Virtus will also have a wheelbase longer than the polo hatchback as well as stylish alloys, and will offer more space inside the cabin along with a larger boot capacity of 500 liters or more.
Apart from sharing the same platform and looks, the VW Virtus also shares its interior with the Polo hatchback. The expected list of shared features and equipment include the dual screen dashboard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multi-function steering wheel, analog and digital display consisting instrument cluster. Other expected features include automatic climate control, rear AC vents, upmarket leather seat and upholstery.
For the Indian market, we can expect a range of petrol and diesel motors to be on offer. Empowering the VW Virtus will be a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine and retain the 1.2-litre TSI unit along with the 1.5-litre TDI unit; all the three engines come with the current VW Vento. While the 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine will be capable of churning out 125 bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque, the smaller 1.2-litre TSI engine will continue pumping out 103 bhp of peak power and 175 Nm of peak torque. On the other hand, the 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine will produce 108 bhp of power and 250 Nm of peak torque same as the ongoing VW Vento. The transmission duties will be carried out by a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed DSG automatic unit with all the three engines.
The German automaker is launching the Virtus in Brazil in January 2018 followed by the unveiling scheduled in November this year. Although, there is no official confirmation regarding the Virtus coming to the Indian market but according to the reports going on in the market, we can definitely expect the next-gen VW Vento ‘Virtus’ by next year in India competing against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Honda City. Also, in terms of pricing, while the current VW Vent is priced between Rs 8.20 lakh and Rs 13.63 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), the upcoming VW Virtus will definitely be costlier than the same likely to be priced somewhere between Rs 8.40 lakh and Rs 14.25 lakh(ex-showroom, New Delhi). However, it will be too soon to make any speculations further. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the new Volkswagen Virtus.