The all new compact sedan, Volkswagen Virtus 2022 has been revealed and launched in India.
After having seen the sister car Skoda Slavia & having seen the teasers and more, here we now present to you the unveiled look of the new Volkswagen Virtus 2022. Having made its world premiere, India will be the first market for Volkswagen Virtus to go on sale in. Although Volkswagen already sells the Virtus abroad as its global midsize sedan, the model unveiled here is its Made-in-India facelift that will be sold in over 25 countries which will be replacing the aging Vento sedan the companys Indian range.
Colour & Variants
The New Volkswagen Virtus is available in 2 distinct variant lines- Dynamic Line which includes 1.0 TSI variants and the Performance Line which includes the 1.5 TSI variants. It will be available in 6 colour options- Wild Cherry Red, Candy White, Carbon Steel Grey, Curcuma Yellow, Reflex Silver & Rising Blue Metallic.
Design & Dimensions
On the design front, the Virtus looks sporty with the blacked-out treatment on the headlights and taillights. Especially, exclusive to the GT - Performance Line variant is the black alloy wheels with red calipers, blacked-out outside rear-view mirrors & roof along with a subtle spoiler looks absolutely amazing.
The Dynamic Line variant looks awesome with its smart-looking LED headlights, the signature single slatted grille. The massive air dam with the piano black inserts adds muscle to the front.
Dimensions are identical to Skoda Slavia with Virtus being 20 mm longer owing to the bumper design changes, with 4,561 mm length. It measures 1,752 mm wide, 1,507 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,651 mm. Boot space is at 521 liters and these dimensions make it the biggest car in the segment currently.
Interiors & Features
The interior of Volkswagen Virtus comes with some superior features like premium upholstery, 3-spoke steering wheel, colour-coded detailing on the dashboard, colour-coded stitching, and aluminum outlines & pedals which ups its sporty quotient.
The fully kitted Virtus comes with the 8-inch digital cockpit, 10-inch touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, 4 USB ports, 5 adjustable headrests, 6 airbags, ESC, ABS with EBD, hill-road control, rear parking sensors, auto headlights & wipers, push-button start/stop, ventilated front seats, cooled glove box, electric sunroof, 8 speaker audio system, ambient lighting, auto climate control, and cruise control and more.
Engine & Gearbox
The New Volkswagen Virtus will be based on the MQB AO IN platform as the 4th of the companys new India 2.0 project. It comes with 2-turbo petrol engine options which include a 1.0 liter 3-cylinder TSI unit that gives 115 hp & 175 Nm (only offered in Dynamic variants). The 1.5 liters, 4-cylinder TSI (only offered on Performance Line variants) produces 150hp & 250 Nm torque.
Transmission options include a 6-speed manual offered as standard in both engines. The 1.0 TSI can be had with a 6-speed torque converter while the 1.5 TSI can be had with a 7-speed DCT gearbox.
Launch, Price & Rivals
The Virtus is expected to be launched in May 2022 in India. It will take on rivals like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Hyundai Verna & the currently launched Skoda Slavia in its category. Alongside, it will also rival with a plethora of compact SUVs in the ₹10-20 lakh price bracket, with the expected price of this German Sedan to be around ₹9-12 lakh (ex-showroom) Bookings for the New Volkswagen Virtus have opened across 151 Volkswagen touchpoints in the country.
Volkswagen is looking forward to re-energizing the mid-size sedan segment with the New Virtus along with the new Skoda Slavia.