Volkswagen Virtus spied on close to Pune

Image – Martin Virage / TeamBHP

Both Volkswagen and Skoda plan to bring larger sedans to the Indian market

As part of its plans to revamp its India portfolio, Volkswagen could introduce Virtus to replace Vento. The latter may still be a favorite for some, but popular preferences have shifted to better-equipped cars like the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Vento has been in use here for around a decade. It will be difficult to keep the car in its current form.

Volkswagen Virtus spotted again

In the recent past, Volkswagen Virtus has been spied on several times during driving tests. It is possible that the launch plans have been delayed due to the second wave of pandemics. Again, the test mule was a left-hand drive model. This is likely an imported unit used for unit testing.

Virtus uses the MQB-A0 platform, which is similar to the MQB A0 (IN) platform developed for India. MQB A0 (IN) is used for several new products from Volkswagen and Skoda. Some examples are Volkswagen Tiguan and Taigun and Skoda Kushaq.

Speaking of Virtus, the sedan is bigger than Vento. It measures 4,482 mm in length, 1,751 mm in width and 1,472 mm in height. That is a gain of 92 mm (L), 52 mm (W) and 5 mm (H) compared to the Vento. The Virtus wheelbase is 2,651 mm, which is 98 mm longer than the 2,553 mm of the Vento. Larger dimensions provide more space in the cabin and additional comfort for the user.

2021 Volkswagen Virtus spied onImage – Martin Virage / TeamBHP

Another area for improvement at Virtus will be a longer list of features. Virtus is expected to receive the VW Play touchscreen infotainment system, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control and keyless entry. The sedan will also be equipped with Connected Car Tech. It will have advanced safety features like front and rear parking sensors and a fatigue monitor.

Volkswagen Virtus engine options

Virtus is expected to continue using the 1.0 liter TSI turbo gasoline engine currently in use on Vento. It is able to generate a maximum power of 110 hp and a maximum torque of 175 Nm.

Transmission options include 6-speed manual transmission and 6-speed torque converter. Virtus could also get a larger 1.5-liter four-cylinder TSI engine that develops 150 hp and 250 Nm. It’s likely paired with a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.

Volkswagen could introduce Virtus this year. The launch could be expected sometime in early 2022. It will most likely be introduced after the introduction of the Taigun SUV. With additional features, larger size and new engine option, Volkswagen will be priced higher than other mid-range sedans.

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