To be based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 platform, the new Volkswagen Virtus sedan will make global debut in November 2017.
Volkswagen, the German premium carmaker is all set to unveil an all-new mid-sized sedan – Volkswagen Virtus – in November. It is based on the VW Group’s MQB-AO platform that also underpins the new generation Polo hatchback. This sedan is said to replace the Polo sedan or Vento. Ahead of its official unveiling, the teaser image of the new VW Virtus sedan has been revealed on the web. This teaser reveals the side profile of the sedan. The vehicle will first go on sale in the Brazilian market in January 2018. Clear pictures of the car have also been leaked on the internet, revealing most of its design highlights. Apart from sharing underpinnings with the new Polo, the mid-sized sedan will be heavily inspired by the hatchback in terms of styling and features. Few media reports suggest that the sedan could be a replacement for Voyage sedan, which is currently on sale in South American market.
It is the second VW product to be based on the MQB A0 platform, first being the new Polo. VW is also working on a compact SUV – T-Cross Brezze – which will also use this versatile platform. In terms of size, the new Virtus will be slightly larger than the current Vento, albeit the sedan will carry same engines as on the new-gen Polo. If it comes to India, the Virtus will take on the likes of Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the new-gen Hyundai Verna. Going by the leaked images, it is visible that the sedan gets a slightly different front fascia. It comes with a newly-designed front and rear bumpers. The wheelbase of the car is reportedly increased by 5cm, which turns into spacious cabin for rear occupants. The rear profile looks premium, thanks to an integrated spoiler and elegant taillamps. Inside the cabin, the sedan has 10.2-inch TFT digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Read More – New Volkswagen Polo Hatch Revealed
The Volkswagen Virtus sedan looks more premium than the VW Vento. It features a sloping roofline and a higher set boot-lid. The tail-amp design seems inspired from the Audi A4 sedan, while there is a full-width chrome garnish on the bumper to add premium character. If media reports are to be believed, the new sedan is likely to have a wheelbase of 2.60 metres and a boot space of around 500-litres. At the Wofsburg, Germany meet, Volkswagen revealed information about their new global products including new generation Polo and T-ROC SUV.
The sedan will first go on sale in South American market, while other markets will get this car by the end of 2018. As mentioned above, the sedan will replace the current Vento in India that underpins the PQ24 platform. Riding on the new MQB-AO platform, the new Vitus will be lighter in weight compared to Vento and will aide improved mileage as well as better driving dynamics. In India, the sedan could come with three engines-1.4-litre MPI petrol, 1.2-litre TSI petrol and 1.5-litre TDI oil burner.
The German conglomerate gave a glimpse of the sedan through an image recently. Now, the teaser image of the new Virtus has been revealed on the web. Though the image does not divulge concrete details, the sedan is likely to be heavily inspired by the new-generation Polo on the inside. The new Virtus will be officially unveiled in November, 2017. This sedan will first go on sale in the South American market in January 2018, followed by other market. In India, we expect it to go on sale by the end of 2018 or early 2019.
|Minimum||Rs 10 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 15 lakh|
Unlike the current generation model based on the PQ25 platform, the new Virtus will be developed on the new MQB-A0 platform that also underpins the new-gen Polo. Sitting on the new underpinnings, Virtus is slightly longer and will have a longer wheelbase than the outgoing Vento sedan. With most of the cues taken from the new-gen Polo, we expect the Honda City rivalling sedan to be priced between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. Read More – Volkswagen T-ROC Compact SUV Revealed
|Engine||1.4L TSI, 1.2L TSI petrol and a 1.5L Diesel|
|Gearbox||6-speed manual & 7-speed DSG Automatic|
The replacement for Vento sedan is expected to be introduced with three engine options including the 1.4-litre TSI petrol, 1.5-litre TDI and 1.2-litre petrol unit. The 1.4-litre EA-211 turbocharged engine with 125bhp and 200Nm torque is likely to replace the 1.6-litre TSI unit. Diesel version on the other hand is likely to retain the 1.5-litre TDI unit good for 108bhp and 250Nm of torque. While the performance oriented version will get the 1.2-litre turbocharged engine with 103bhp of power and 175Nm torque. Transmission options on the carline could include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
The Brazilian-spec model will be offered with two engine options – 1.6-litre MSI four-cylinder and 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder. While the former is capable of producing 117bhp and 161.81Nm of torque, the turbocharged 3-cylinder unit is good for 128bhp and 200.06Nm of torque. The 1.6-litre engine will be coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox, and the smaller capacity unit will get a six-speed automatic transmission. Read More – Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Compact SUV To Challenge Hyundai Creta
Considering that Virtus could get the 1.2-litre petrol, 1.4-litre petrol and 1.5-litre oil burner, it is expected to return decent fuel economy, since these engines currently serve in other VW models. The lower kerb weight is likely to improve the fuel economy with the petrol trims estimated to return up to 15kmpl and the diesel version rated at 17kmpl.
Based on the new MQB AO platform, the sedan is expected to sit on a slightly longer wheelbase. The length is also likely to increase and it will be wider than the current Polo & Vento. If reports are to be believed, the sedan will have a wheelbase of around 2.60 metres and a luggage carrying capacity of 500-litres.
-Integrated daytime running lights
-Automatic climate control
-Multi functional steering wheel
-Touchscreen infotainment system
-Anti-lock-brakes with electronic stability control
Volkswagen currently sells Polo sedan or Vento in India, which is primarily a sedan version of the hatchback. The Virtus sedan will replace Vento in India and will take comprehensive cues from the new-generation Polo hatchback. This sedan looks more premium and feature-loaded than the Vento. As for the styling, Virus borrows most of its styling cues from the hatchback sibling. This sedan will get significant design changes, which gives it a fresh look on the outside. It is based on VW’s new design language that is currently used in other models likely Passat, Tiguan and Golf.
Features like slimmer headlamps with integrated angle running lights, front grille, doors and windshield will be directly lifted from the new Polo. In a bid to give it a refreshing feel, the company has made some changes to the bumper design. The wheelbase of the car has also been increased by 5mm and is likely to carry a wheelbase of around 2.60m. The longer wheelbase makes it look bigger and spacious. Besides, the Honda city rivalling sedan will be slightly longer and wider than the outgoing model. The global sedan is equipped with LED wraparound taillamps, larger boot, round shaped doors, integrated spoiler and newly styled alloy wheels. The sloping roofline and higher positioned boot-lid gives it an elegant profile.
The new Virtus will sit on the new MQB AO platform that will also underpin the new Polo. Expected to be lighter, the sedan will ride on a longer wheelbase estimated to be around 2,600mm (50mm longer). Adding to it, the slightly increased length and breadth will altogether provide more space on the inside. In terms of styling and features, Virtus is likely to mirror new-gen Polo. Among the various goodies, it could get a touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, leather seats and a multi-functional steering wheel. While nothing much is revealed about the sedan, more details will be revealed after the unveiling in November.