Volkswagen Virtus Global Debut in March 2022

Volkswagen’s sedan Virtus is all set to enter the global market with the debut of its facelift model in India in March 2022. The facelifted Virtus will replace Vento in the Volkswagen line with its big launch in May 2022.

Volkswagen Virtus Global Debut

Ashish Gupta, brand director of Volkswagen India said, “We will be introducing and rounding up our portfolio with the introduction of a new global sedan, which will world premiere in early March and then the model introduction in the third week of May.”

The mid-size sedan was sold in South American markets since 2018 but this will be the first global debut for the model.

Like VW’s Taigun, Skoda’s Kushaq and the Slavia, the new Virtus will be underpinned by the MQB A0-IN platform. Slavia is Virtus’ sister model and it will be launched before Virtus in March 2022. Slavia and Virtus are expected to share a lot of features other than just the underpinning, like- powertrains, body panels, switch gears and even most of the interiors including the seats and the dashboard.

We can also expect Volkswagen to give the brand’s touches to Virtus to set it apart from its Czech cousin. Revamped bumpers, grille, headlamps and alloy wheels along with dimensions designed for spacious interiors and boot space are some of the highlights grasped from the spy images of the test mule spotted on the roads.

The Brand Director Mr Gupta is sure of Virtus’ success as this will be a breath of fresh air for buyers amidst the increasing number of SUVs flooding the market. Though the company isn’t expecting Virtus to overtake the Taigun SUV in sales, they are confident that Virtus will increase the favour of the sedan segment, replacing Vento with its updated looks and increased size and space.

Volkswagen Virtus exterior interior

Exteriors and Interiors: What can we expect?

The German carmaker will fit the Virtus with its brand-specific features such as the steering wheel, new colours for the upholstery, redesigned LED Headlamps and grille and many more.

The grille looks sleek and is flanked by the twin-pod headlamps. The five-spoke alloy wheels and LED taillights cannot be ignored either.

From the test mule’s images, we do not get to peek at the cabin inside yet. But features like the ones mentioned below are a sure sign of the sedan being a top-spec model in terms of comfort and convenience.

  • A 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Connected car tech
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • A sunroof
  • Keyless entry and go
  • Auto headlamps and wipers
  • A tyre-pressure monitor
  • LED headlamps
  • Automatic climate control
  • Six airbags

Engine Options

Similar to the Taigun, Kushaq and Slavia models, Virtus can also be expected to be offered with two petrol engine options:

  • A 115hp, 1.0 TSI three-cylinder turbo engine paired with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
  • A 150hp, 250Nm, 1.5 TSI four-cylinder turbo engine paired with a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox and a 6-speed manual.

Rivals

Skoda Slavia will be Virtus’ main rival along with Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna.

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