Volkswagen, the German carmaker has finally revealed the all-new a mid-sized sedan Volkswagen Virtus. The car is based on the VW Group’s MQB-AO platform that also underpins the new generation Polo hatchback. The company confirmed that the new model will first go on sale in the South American markets in January while in the other markets it will come in late 2018. It has also been revealed that Skoda is working on its ECO platform for the Indian market. The new Virtus for India would be developed on this platform and could launch in late 2019.
The Volkswagen Virtus comes with two engines that are a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The 1.6-litre engine comes coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox and its unit is capable of producing 117bhp of power and 162Nm of torque. The other turbo unit engine churns out 128bhp of power and 200Nm of torque and is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
In India, the sedan is expected to be introduced with three engine options. They would have 1.4-litre TSI petrol, 1.5-litre TDI and 1.2-litre petrol unit. Transmission options could include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
Exterior and Interior
The car gets LED headlamps, integrated daytime running lights, alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, leather upholstery, touchscreen infotainment system, multifunctional steering wheel, automatic climate control, rain sensing wipers etc. The top-end model will be available with a 10.25-inch active info display on the dashboard and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is compatible with Mirror Link, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
For safety, it has airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic stability control etc.