Volkswagen Mid Size Sedan Virtus India Launch in Early 2022
German Motor Vehicle Manufacturer, Volkswagen has announced the launch of two new cars on the new locally developed MQB AO IN platform. VW Taigun was unveiled in our country on 31st March and was expected to launch in May 2021. Due to the spike in Covid-19 cases across the country, Volkswagen has delayed the launch and scheduled it to be launched in the festive season before Diwali. The second VW model to be developed on the MQB AO IN platform will be a new mid-sized sedan called Virtus. It will basically replace Vento in the country. Earlier this year, it has already been spied testing on Indian roads.
Volkswagen is planning to introduce Virtus in the Indian market in early 2022. The new sedan is most likely to be launched in the last quarter of the current financial year, which is January-March 2022. Once launched, the new Virtus will rival the likes of Hyundai Verna, Honda City, and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
Volkswagen Virtus Specs
As for the India-spec the new mid-sized sedan Virtus is likely to carry forward the current Vento’s 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that churns out a maximum power output of 108bhp and a peak torque of 175Nm. It is likely to come with a 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The Virtus might also get a larger 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI engine paired to a 7-speed DSG, and this engine produces 147bhp and 250Nm of torque.
Dimensionally, the new Volkswagen Virtus sedan is 4,480mm in length, 1,751mm in width and 1,468mm in height. It is around 90mm longer and 52mm wider than the current Vento. The wheelbase has been increased by 97mm to 2,650mm. It offers luggage carrying capacity of 521-litres, which is again 27-litres more than the Vento.
Volkswagen Virtus Features
The new Volkswagen Virtus borrows design elements from pre-facelift sixth-gen Polo. It gets a VW grille, slimmer headlamps with integrated angle running lights, LED tail-lamps and sloping roofline. The India-bound model is likely to share its interior features with Taigun SUV. It could get a large 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic AC, automatic climate control, connected car technology, rear parking sensors, driver fatigue monitor and many other features.
For a quick recap, in the global market, the Virtus is offered with two petrol engine options a 1.6-litre, a four-cylinder MSI engine, and a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbo-petrol TSI engine. The former belts out 115 bhp power and 162 Nm peak torque. While the latter churns out 126 bhp power and 200 Nm peak torque. Both engines come with 6-speed automatic gearbox as standard. However, the 1.6-litre MSI unit can also be availed with a 5-speed manual gearbox.