The German automotive giant, Volkswagen India, has finally unveiled the much-anticipated 6-speed manual transmission variant of its popular mid-size sedan Virtus, named the Virtus GT Plus MT. The company has also unveiled the Taigun GT DSG and Taigun GT MT. The new models were announced at its 2023 annual brand conference, along with exciting new colors for these new variants.
Commenting on the launch of the new Virtus GT Plus MT and Taigun GT, Ashish Gupta, Brand Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, stated, “At Volkswagen, accessibility and customer centricity are the focus of our brand. Taking customer feedback on board, we have democratized the GT badge by enhancing the variant offerings on our Performance Line. We have introduced three new variants, Virtus GT Plus manual, Taigun GT Plus manual, and Taigun GT DSG, giving our customers a host of variants to choose from.”
He further added, “Along with introducing the new Lava Blue color across the Taigun and Virtus line-up, we have also introduced a marquee ‘GT Edge Limited Collection’ which will comprise of car lines with the GT Badge in limited volumes. The ‘GT Edge Limited collection’ will comprise of the Virtus GT Plus (DSG and Manual) in an exclusive ‘Deep Black Pearl’ finish and the Taigun GT Plus (DSG and Manual) in ‘Deep Black Pearl’ and ‘Carbon Steel Grey Matte’ finish. Market introductions of these new variants will commence from June 2023 onward.”
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First off, the all-new Virtus GT MT will be offered with a brand-new “Deep Black Pearl” shade. Additionally, this color will also be offered in the Virtus GT DSG variant. Furthermore, for the new Taigun GT line variants, the company has also announced two new colors, “Deep Black Pearl” and “Carbon Steel Matt.” Volkswagen India has also announced that a new “Lava Blue” color will be offered across all variants of the Virtus and Taigun.
All four GT Edge Limited Collection models, including the Virtus GT MT and DSG along with Taigun GT MT and DSG, will be powered by the same 1.5L TSI EVO engine, which produces 150 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque. Back in March of this year, Volkswagen updated the same powertrain with RDE and E20 norms. With this new compliance, these engines are now cleaner, more efficient, and compatible with ethanol mixtures up to 20 per cent.
As of yet, Volkswagen India has not announced the pricing of these new manual transmission variants, although we can expect them to be priced slightly cheaper than the DSG variants. Currently, the Virtus GT Plus DSG is priced at Rs 18.57 Lakh (ex-showroom), and the Taigun 1.5 TSI GT Plus DSG is priced at Rs 18.71 Lakh (ex-showroom). Meanwhile, for the launch dates of these variants, the company has confirmed that they will be launched at the beginning of June 2023.
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