2022 Volkswagen Virtus Unveiled, Will Launch in 25 Countries
KUALA LUMPUR: volkswagen has just launched a brand new compact sedan called Virtus in the Indian market. Said to be the successor to the aging Vento, the new sedan is part of the German auto giant’s India 2.0 program. Production of the VW Virtus will be carried out at the brand’s Chakan plant in India only, from where it will be exported to more than 25 countries.
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Where will Volkswagen manufacture the new Virtus sedan?
Volkswagen will manufacture the new Virtus sedan at its Chakan plant in India, from where it will be exported to more than 25 countries.
What are the dimensions of the Volkswagen Virtus?
The Volkswagen Virtus measures 4,561mm in length, 1,752mm in width, 1,507mm in height with a wheelbase of approximately 2,651mm. The trunk capacity is 521 liters.
What powers the Volkswagen Virtus?
The Volkswagen Virtus will be offered in two powertrain options – a 1.0-liter turbo-petrol unit producing 115 hp and 178 Nm and a 1.5-liter turbo-petrol engine good for producing 150 hp and 250 Nm.
The sedan underpins the MQB-A0-IN platform and measures 4,561mm in length, 1,752mm in width, 1,507mm in height with a wheelbase of approximately 2,651mm. The trunk capacity of the Virtus is 521 litres.
In terms of looks, the Volkswagen Virtus looks identical to the Polo sold overseas. It features chunky chrome bars up front, chrome strips around the grille and LED projector headlights with LED daytime running lights. In addition, parts of the exterior kit are 16-inch alloy wheels and LED taillights.
Inside the new Virtus we can see a fairly simple dashboard in typical Volkswagen fashion. The sedan features an 8-inch digital driver display, 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charger, 8-speaker audio system, cruise control, ventilated front seats, ambient lighting, keyless entry with push-button start and automatic headlights and wipers.
As for safety, the automaker fitted the sedan with six airbags, electronic stability control, hill-start assist, ISOFIX child seat mounts, pressure monitoring tires, a rear parking camera and sensors.
Volkswagen India will offer the Virtus in two powertrain options, the first is a 1.0 liter turbo-petrol unit generating a maximum power of 115 hp and a maximum torque of 178 Nm. Another is a turbo-petrol 1 mill .5 litre, which is good for making 150 PS and 250 Nm with active cylinder deactivation technology.
Transmission duties will be taken care of by either a 6-speed MT or an optional 6-speed AT in the smaller unit, while for the larger mill either a 6-speed MT or a 7-speed DSG will be available.
The all-new Volkswagen Virtus is set to go on sale in May in India at an estimated starting price of Rs 10 lakh (about RM54,374).
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