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    Revealed: 2018 Volkswagen Virtus, Might Come To India

    by Mahesh Yadav on Friday, Dec 08 2017

    Volkswagen has officially revealed the Polo based sedan Virtus in Brazil. Firstly introduced in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Virtus is likely to replace the Vento also known as the Polo Sedan in several international markets. Scheduled to go on sale since January 2018, the automaker is also preparing to enter new markets with this new sedan.

    Volkswagen has officially revealed the Polo based sedan Virtus in Brazil. Firstly introduced in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Virtus is likely to replace the Vento also known as the Polo Sedan in several international markets. Scheduled to go on sale since January 2018, the automaker is also preparing to enter new markets with this new sedan.

    Since the VW Virtus comes based on the on the all-new Polo’s MQB A0 platform. Hence, the sedan shares almost all the components with the new Polo including Suspension, steering, engines, and gearboxes. The MQB A0 platform is the smallest avatar of the German major’s popular MQB platform (Modular Transverse Matrix). Also, the looks like a carbon copy of the sixth-gen Polo, except for the additional boot space. The 2018 VW Virtus also carries forward some major highlighting design elements seen on the Polo first, such as the arrow shared arrow-shaped 'tornado' double-sided shoulder line.

    Till now, the automaker has confirmed the upcoming VW Virtus to come with only the 200 TSI version, equipped with a 1.0 TSI three-cylinder turbo engine that produces maximum power of 128 hp with ethanol, and 115 hp with gasoline and maximum torque of 200 Nm with gasoline or ethanol. According to VW the Virtus has the capability to reach the sprint of 0-100kmph in 9.9 seconds with a top speed of 194kmph with ethanol. Although, VW has not announced the variants list but the  entry version of the Virtus will be equipped with the 1.6-liter 16V engine equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the mid-range and top-end models will feature the 200 TSI (1.0 Turbo) and Tiptronic six-speed automatic gearbox. The naturally aspirated 1.0-liter engine will not be offered in the sedan.

    In terms of measurement, the Virtus receive a wheelbase of 2.65 meters, exactly the same as the ongoing Jetta model, and 8.5 cm larger than the Polo. Not only the wheelbase, but the sedan is also larger in terms of length at 4.48 meters as compared to the 4.05-meter Polo hatchback and the trunk capacity of 521 liters as compared to the 300 litres of the Polo's while the sedan stands 1,468 millimeters tall and 1,751 millimeters wide.

    Looking at athe design, the VW Virtus gets the same front fascia as the Polo along with all the changes made to the Polo hatch for the South American market while the rear gets the new VW badge, all set to be offered with the upcoming Jetta all set to make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2018. However, at the B-pillar the Virtus gets a slant roofline, giving it a fastback like look. Also, the new wraparound tail lamps point inwards as it merges with the bootlid. It also gets thinner taillights especially in the portion that invades the trunk lid.

    Not only the exterior, but the interior of the 2018 VW Virtus looks the same as the Polo hatchback. The highlights include the all-digital Active Info Display 10.25-inch dashboard and infotainment systems, with the range-topping eight-inch touchscreen Discover Media system, three USB ports, and Mirrorlink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as standard, which includes other electronic assistance features such as the HHC (Ramp Start Assist Control), HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist system) or BAS, XDS + (electronic differential lock), BSW (Bremsscheibewischer - Automatic brake disc cleaning), and RKA + (Tire pressure monitoring).

    However, there is no confirmation regarding the Virtus sedan coming to India, but too make its market stronger in the segment, the automaker might introduce the 2018 Virtus in the country. According to the reports going on in the market the upcoming VW Virtus might be introduced at the 2018 Auto Expo. Internationally, when launched, the VW Virtus will take against the likes of Chevrolet Prisma, Honda City, as well as the upcoming Fiat Cronos and Toyota Yaris Sedan.  


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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