Volkswagen has Globally unveiled the Virtus sedan in India today at a exclusive Media event in New Delhi. The Virtus shares its platform with the Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and the Skoda Slavia all of them are developed on the MQB-A0-IN platform. It will take on the competition in the segment which includes the Honda City, Skoda Slavia, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. In terms of the dimensions, the Virtus is similar to the Slavia which measures 4,541mm long, 1,752mm wide and 1,487mm tall making them the largest in the segment.
In terms of exteriors the VW Virtus features a single slate family grille with chrome surrounds, a wide air dam with fog lamps on either corners and LED projector headlamps with integrated L-shaped LED DRLs at the front end. The GT Line variant will have ‘GT’ badging on the front fenders. Other design bits will include dual-tone alloy wheels, door handles with chrome inserts, a shark-fin antenna, contrast black ORVMs and wrap around LED taillamps.
On the Inside, VolkswagenVirtus sedan shares a majority of its styling with the Slavia, similar to how the Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun do. A 10-inch infotainment touch screen, digital instrument panel, sunroof, auto headlamps and wipers, TPMS, LED lighting, ventilated seats, automatic climate control and others are just some feautres the two will share. You also get ambient lighting and coloured inserts on the dash and around the door pads that give the cabin a sporty touch.
Powering the VW Virtus are two engine options, both petrol same as the Slavia, Taigun and the Kushaq. You get a 1.0-litre TSI making 115bhp with 178Nm of torque and a 1.5-litre TSI making 150bhp and 250Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 6 speed manual and 6-speed automatic for the smaller engine and a 6 speed manual or a 7-speed DSG for the bigger engine.
Volkswagen has also opened the pre bookings for the Virtus which will available in the chart topping GT trim for the 1.5L and Dynamic trim for the 1.0L trim.
In terms of safety the Virtus comes with 6 airbags, ESC, ABS with EBD, multi collision brakes, hill hold control, TPMS, reverse camera. The Virtus is available in 6 body color options – Wild Cherry Red, Carbon Steel Grey, Reflex Silver, Curcuma Yellow, Candy White and Rising Blue.
Watch this space for more on the Volkswagen Virtus as we get behind the wheels for our road test review soon.