Volkswagen India has finally taken wraps off its newest mid-size sedan- the Virtus. The sedan has been spotted testing on the Indian roads multiple times, and all the enthusiasts have eagerly been waiting for Volkswagen’s upcoming sedan to be unveiled. The new Volkswagen Virtus will replace 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 especially designed and developed for India. The Virtus will be assembled and manufactured in the Volkswagen’s Chakan facility in Pune that will also be exported to over 25 countries worldwide. Let’s now dig deep further to know about design, styling, engine, powertrain options and features on offer in the new Virtus.

Design and Styling

The new Virtus cut above the rest in terms of its sophisticated stance. Look from any angle, and you will appreciate the Volkswagen sporty and smart design language. Still, at some point, you will notice that Virtus is somewhat revolving around Vento’s design language. What stands apart for the Virtus is the sharp-looking slim horizontal grille that sharply merges with the LED headlight unit. Volkswagen has taken a close note on chrome finishes on the car and tastefully put them around the grille and bumpers that enhance the car’s overall styling.

On the side, there is an unmistakable resemblance to its sibling- Skoda Slavia. More so over, the character lines and the side profiles are almost identical to the Slavia. However, Volkswagen has played an intelligent trick by providing a complete blacked-out 16-inch alloy wheel that hides a noticeable gap in the wheel arches. On the other hand, the sharp creases starting from the front fender flowing all the way to the rear looks quite elegant and modern.

What’s more noticeable and pronounced is the rear profile of the Virtus. It gets an integrated spoiler on the boot lip that lends the sporty character to the sedan. The split LED taillights, and a chrome strip on the bumper lip makes it look quite distinctive.

Volkswagen Virtus is based on the same platform that also houses the Skoda Slavia, so dimensions are pretty similar to the Slavia. Infact, it is just 20mm longer than the 4541mm length of the Slavia. Apart from length, width (1752mm) and height (1507mm) remain utterly identical to that of Slavia.
The new Volkswagen Virtus will be available in six different colour options – Wild Cherry Red, Carbon Steel Grey, Reflex Silver, Curcuma Yellow, Candy White and Rising Blue.

Interiors and Features

The interiors of the Virtus shares quite similarities to that of Taigun. On the inside, we get sporty treatment all over the dashboard, which stays true to the philosophy of German engineering. There is a large 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system onto the centre, which gets hosts of connectivity and entertainment features. Unlike Slavia, the Virtus gets a conventional three-spoke steering wheel . The Virtus gets  an 8-inch fully digital instrument cluster, an 8-speaker audio system,a small sunroof, ventilated front seats, ambient lighting and an auto climate control which enhances overall ownership.

The GT variant gets thoughtful red detailing on the dashboard and red ambient lighting to enhance the sporty character altogether. Not just on the inside, the GT badge is also embossed on the grille and in the rear, helping the enthusiastic GT variant to stand apart from standard Virtus.

The Virtus gets brimmed with a host of safety features list like Hill-hold assist, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Differential System, tyre pressure monitor, rear parking camera with parking sensors,multi-collision brakes, ABS with EBD and up to six airbags. The German build quality and functional interior space make Virtus an absolutely compelling product.

Engine and Powertrain

The new VW Virtus will be offered in two turbocharged petrol guises. The 1-litre, 3-cylinder TSI petrol engine that generates 115 bhp of power and 175 Nm of torque comes mated with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. Another more powerful 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder TSI engine is a weapon of choice for all enthusiasts. The 1.5-litre engine generates an impressive 148bhp of power and a whopping 250 Nm of torque which will only be available with a 7-speed DSG unit option.

Prices and Rivals

The Volkswagen group’s ambitious plan in revolutionizing the sedan segment is highly anticipated by providing class-leading features to modern Indian families with its practical and sporty design offerings . With pricing not yet reviled, we expect it to be somewhere around the Slavia, which starts at Rs 10.69 lakhs and goes up to Rs 11.79 lakhs. Well, one can pre-book the new Virtus across the 151 sales touchpoints and through the online booking platform on the Volkswagen India website. Once launched, it will go up against Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the latest Skoda Slavia.