Volkswagen recently announced the start of production of the upcoming Virtus sedan. The newest entrant in the premium midsize sedan segment will be manufactured at the Chakan plant in Pune, India. The Virtus falls under VW’s India 2.0 project and is the second offering to be developed on the MQB A0 IN platform with up to 95 percent localization level. The first, of course, was the Taigun. Volkswagen India has already opened pre-orders for the Virtus. In addition, there will be six exterior colors such as Wild Cherry Red, Carbon Steel Grey, Reflex Silver, Curcuma Yellow, Candy White and Rising Blue.
“The new Volkswagen Virtus is an unprecedented offering that brings novelty and excitement to the premium midsize sedan segment. The overwhelming response to the world premiere has further strengthened our confidence. The New Virtus is perfectly built for aspiring Indian customers and with the start of production we aim to introduce the distinctive, exciting and German engineered sedan to the Indian market at the earliest.” said Ashish Gupta, Brand Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India.
Once it arrives, the Virtus will be available with two TSI engine options – 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol. Just like the Slavia, the transmission options remain the same. A six-speed manual gearbox common to both engines; and a seven-speed DSG (1.5-liter TSI) and a six-speed torque converter unit (1.0-liter TSI). Both engines will be equipped with an idle start-stop system and over 40 active and passive safety functions. In addition, the larger TSI engine also gets Active Cylinder Management Technology (ACT).
The all-new Virtus is said to be the longest car (4,561 mm) in the premium mid-size sedan segment and also offers 521 liters of boot space. The Volkswagen Virtus is expected to arrive in India later in May and will compete with the Skoda Slavia, Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz upon arrival. We expect it to be offered at a slight premium compared to its sibling – Skoda Slavia.
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