Volkswagen Virtus Compact Sedan Makes Global Debut, India Launch This Year


Ashish Gupta, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, presents the new Virtus compact sedan

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Ashish Gupta, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, presents the new Virtus compact sedan

Volkswagen India has revealed the new Virtus compact sedan that makes its global debut. The all-new offering is the newest car to be built on the MQB A0 IN platform and is the fourth car on the platform under the SAVWIPL umbrella. The new Volkswagen Virtus will be offered with engine options and three transmission choices, while also carrying the coveted GT badge on the more powerful versions. Volkswagen has commenced accepting pre-bookings at its sales touchpoints pan India with the launch scheduled later in the year.

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The Volkswagen Virtus is the longest and widest car in its class

Volkswagen Virtus Exterior

The Volkswagen Virtus replaces the Vento in the company’s stable and is substantially larger than the latter. It measures 4561 mm in length, and 1752 mm in width, while the wheelbase stands at 2651 mm. The boot capacity is an impressive 521 litres. It is also the longest and widest car in the class. The model also looks sharper and edgier, almost growing to the size of the previous generation VW Jetta that was on sale in the country. The model sports a wide grille with a chrome outline that merges into the LED headlamps that are standard on the Virtus.


Volkswagen Virtus is substantially larger than the Vento. The rear profile is reminiscent of the older Jetta

The front bumper gets a wide central air intake with vertically-stacked fog lamps and chrome inserts. The rear sports wraparound LED taillights with a signature pattern and chrome inserts on the bumper as well. The Virtus gets 16-inch alloy wheels as standard. The standard one is finished in chrome, while the Performance line gets the black-finished alloys for a sporty look. The cabin too retains a modern and contemporary theme. The Virtus will be offered in six colours when it goes on sale.


The touchscreen infotainment system is standard across all variants

Volkswagen Virtus Interior

Cabin highlights include the digital instrument console, 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, My Volkswagen Connect an electric sunroof, automatic climate control, ventilated front leather seats, cruise control, and wireless charging. The cabin also comes with 60:40 split rear seats, cooled glovebox, and more. VW also revealed that the LED headlamps, alloy wheels and touchscreen infotainment system are standard on the Virtus.


The Volkswagen Virtus will get the 1.0-litre TSI and 1.5-litre TSI engine options upon launch

Volkswagen Virtus Engines


Power will come from the 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine that develops 113 bhp and 175 Nm of peak torque, while paired with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter. The GT Line will draw power from the more powerful 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine that develops 148 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. This engine will get a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG transmission choice. The 1.5-litre TSI EVO will also come with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) that de-activates two cylinders in the interest of fuel efficiency and emissions. More details on the fuel efficiency figures and prices will be available closer to the launch.

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