Volkswagen is all set to launch its second product under INDIA 2.0 project. They have already showcased the Virtus sedan globally and it is expected to launch in the coming months. There have been some spy videos of the sedan on our Indian roads without any camouflage. However, here have a video in which we can see a walkaround of the Virtus GT. The video is uploaded on YouTube by Rahul muley.
The dealerships are expected to get the Virtus from May so we will be able to see the sedan in flesh in dealerships starting from May. The pre-bookings for the new sedan are already open. However, the prices are not yet announced but are expected to be priced around Skoda Slavia considering how Volkswagen and Skoda price their products. The feature equipment, gearbox offering and the variant line-up of Virtus will be slightly different when compared to the Skoda Slavia.
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The Virtus is finished in a nice shade of Wild Cherry Red. There are also 5 other colours that are on offer. There will be Candy White, Carbon Steel Grey, Rising Blue Metallic, Reflex Silver and Curcuma Yellow.
Engine and gearbox
Volkswagen will offer the Virtus with two petrol engine options. Both will be turbocharged and come with direct injection. Moreover, the engines are shared with other VW and Skoda products. There will be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI engine that will be preferred by most people. It produces 115 Ps of max power and 178 Nm of peak torque. It will come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Then, there is the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI that produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. According to media rumours, the engine will only be offered with a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. This is kind of a bummer considering Skoda is offering Slavia 1.5 with a 6-speed manual gearbox also.
This engine will come with Active Cylinder Technology so the system can shut down some of the cylinders of the engine under ideal conditions to save fuel. This engine makes the Slavia and Virtus, the most powerful mid-size sedan in the segment. Enthusiasts will be preferring this engine over the 1.0 TSI.
Platform and dimensions
The Virtus is based on Volkswagen’s MQB-A0-IN platform which is a low-cost derivative of the MQB-A0 platform that VW and its subsidiaries use for their vehicles. Because of the platform, the wheelbase of the Virtus is 2,651 mm which is exactly the same as the Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Slavia and Kushaq. Virtus has a length of 4,561 mm, a width of 1,752 mm and is 1,507 mm tall. The boot space of the Virtus measures 521 litres.
Virtus will be offered in two trims. There will be a Dynamic Line and Performance Line. The Dynamic Line will come with the 1.0 TSI whereas the GT version that we see in the video will be offered under Performance Line. It will be offered only with the 1.5 TSI. As we can see in the video, it comes with blacked-out alloy wheels and roof, a boot-lid spoiler, red brake calipers, blacked-out outside rearview mirrors and red inserts in the interior.
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