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Volkswagen Virtus unveil and launch timeline revealed

After the success of Taigun, Volkswagen is preparing to launch the Virtus mid-size sedan. According to Autocar India, the manufacturer would unveil the Virtus globally in March 2022 and it will go on sale in India in the second half of May 2022.

Volkswagen Virtus unveil and launch timeline revealed

Ashish Gupta, brand director of Volkswagen India in an interview said, “We will be introducing and rounding up our portfolio with the introduction of a new global sedan, which will world premiere in early March and then the model introduction in the third week of May.”

We have not yet seen Virtus in its production avatar but there have been numerous spy shots because Volkswagen is testing the new sedan on Indian roads. Virtus will be much longer than the Vento and will sit in a higher segment.

Volkswagen Virtus unveil and launch timeline revealed

Volkswagen might offer the Virtus in two trims just like they do with the Taigun. There could be Dynamic Line and Performance Line. The Dynamic Line would further get three variants. There would be Comfortline, Highline and Topline. The Performance Line could get two variants. They could be GT and GT Plus.

Virtus will share a lot of things with Skoda Slavia. So, the engines, gearboxes, some interior components, switchgear, underpinnings could be carried over from the Slavia. This will help in reducing production costs. Moreover, Virtus will be based on the MQB-A0-IN platform which is already being used on the Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and the Slavia. So, the wheelbase of Virtus will measure 2,651 mm.

Volkswagen Virtus unveil and launch timeline revealed

Volkswagen will offer two turbocharged petrol engines for the Vitrus. There will be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI engine and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI engine. Both the engines will come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard.

The 1.0 TSI produces 115 PS of max power and 178 Nm of peak torque whereas the 1.5 TSI produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. The 1.0 TSI will be offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission and the 1.5 TSI would be offered with a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Volkswagen Virtus unveil and launch timeline revealed

The 1.0 TSI would be for the people who would be mostly using the sedan for city commutes and occasional highway driving. It would be offered on the Dynamic Trim. The 1.5 TSI would be for people who like to drive the car themselves. It would be offered only with GT Trim. The GT Trim could also get sportier accents, more equipment and slightly different styling.

The Virtus is expected to come with a decent list of features. There would be leather upholstery, digital instrument cluster, keyless entry, push-button to start/stop the engine, automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, connected car technology, tyre pressure monitoring system, leather upholstery, a front and rear armrest, up to 6 airbags, LED headlamps and an electric sunroof. Moreover, there would be a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the lower variants will come with a smaller touchscreen infotainment system.