German auto major Volkswagen has finally launched Virtus under its ambitious 2.0 project in India today. The new Volkswagen Virtus replaces the ageing Vento in Volkswagen’s India portfolio. The latest Virtus is another smart and sophisticated sedan built on the localized MQB A0 IN platform, which is the brand’s modular platform designed and developed for India.
The brand has officially launched the Virtus with an introductory price of Rs 11.22 lakh(ex-showroom) for the Comfortline variant. The price for the topline variant goes all the way up to Rs 15.71 lakhs ( ex-showroom ). At the same time, the Highline variant starts at Rs 12.98 lakhs for the manual transmission and goes up to Rs 14.28 lakhs for automatic transmission. The enthusiastic delight variant of VW Virtus that comes with a 1.5-litre TSI engine mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox is priced at Rs17.92 lakhs. Note- These are introductory prices and are subject to change to make a product financially viable.
The VW Virtus comes with two engine options and three gearbox options. The 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine option is either mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. The 1.0-litre engine generates 113bhp of power and 175 Nm of torque. Whereas the mighty 1.5-litre,4-cylinder TSI petrol engine develops 148bhp of power and ample 250Nm of torque.The 1.5-litre engine gets an intelligent Active Cylinder Technology that amplifies fuel economy without even compromising on performance.
The Volkswagen group’s ambitious plan to revolutionize the sedan segment is highly anticipated by providing class-leading features to modern Indian families with its practical and sporty design offerings. The VW Virtus heats up the mid-size sedan segment and goes up against Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the latest Skoda Slavia.
We have comprehensively covered the first drive impressions of the VW Virtus. To read about our first-drive review, please click here.