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 will unveil an all-new Virtus sedan in November 2017. Based on the new Polo platform, the new sedan is likely to replace the Polo sedan or Vento. Ahead of its November launch, the clear pictures of the car have been leaked on the web world. Apart from sharing underpinnings with the new Polo, Volkswagen Virtus will be heavily inspired by the hatchback in terms of styling and features. Underpinning the MQB (AO) platform, the sedan is believed to replace the Voyage sedan, sold in South America market.
In terms of size, it will be slightly larger than the current Vento, albeit the sedan will carry same engines as on the new-gen Polo. Upon its launch, Virtus will compete with models including Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and new-gen Hyundai Verna. Going by the pictures, it is visible that the sedan will get slightly different front fascia. The design of the lower bumper is completely different. The wheelbase of the car is expected to be raised 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 company recently concluded its annual meeting at Wolfsburg, Germany, where it discussed about new global products including new generation Polo and T-ROC SUV. It is expected that VW will first launch the Virtus in South America and introduce it in other markets later. 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. Though the image does not divulge concrete details, the sedan is expected to be heavily inspired by the new-generation Polo on the inside. It is to be noted that Virtus will be unveiled officially in November this year. As for the launch, VW plans to first introduce it in South American market followed by other market. In India, we expect it to be make an appearance at the 2018 Auto Expo.
|Minimum||Rs 10 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 15 lakh|
Unlike the current gen Vento based on the PQ25 platform, the new Virtus will be built on the new MQB AO platform used in the new-gen Polo. Sitting on the new underpinnings, Virtus is expected to be slightly longer in length and will reportedly ride on a longer wheelbase. 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 launched 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. 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.
-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. As for the design, Virtus shares most of the styling components from the hatchback sibling. Features like headlamp cluster, front grille, doors and windshield are directly lifted from the new Polo. In order to give it a refreshing feel, the company has made some changes to the bumper design. The wheelbase has also been increased by 5mm, which 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 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.
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Based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB-A0 platform, the new Volkswagen Virtus sedan will replace the Polo sedan that is being sold as Vento in India. It will be longer, spacious and powerful than the outgoing car.