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Volkswagen Virtus launched in India at INR 11.22 lakh

Volkswagen has launched a new sedan–the Virtus–in India. The Virtus is the first sedan to adopt the MQB A0 IN platform (as with the Taigun) and is offered in two engine and three transmission options. The sedan comes in two trims: the Dynamic Line and the Performance Line, at a starting price of INR 11.22 lakh that goes up to INR 17.91 lakh.

Design

The Virtus is longer, wider, and taller than the Vento. The sedan features a chrome-accented grille and bumper along with LED projector headlights (integrated with LED DRLs) at the front, and on the rear is a split LED tail light. The sedan gets 16-inch alloy wheels as standard.

Inside, the five-seater sedan features premium leather and leatherette upholstered seats, dual-tone dashboard, and a three-spoke leatherette steering wheel with mounted control buttons. And on top of the well-designed cabin sits an electric sunroof.

On the dashboard sits an eight-inch digital cockpit and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system–compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto–with a wireless AppConnect feature. Furthermore, the sedan boasts eight speakers that come as standard.

Engine and transmission

The Virtus comes with two engine options: a 1.0L TSI and a 1.5L TSI EVO with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT). 

All models from the Dynamic Line get a 1.0L TSI engine that is capable of generating a maximum power of 155 hp and a torque of 178 Nm. The engine is mated to either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.

Similarly, the Performance Line model is powered by the 1.5L TSI EVO engine–mated to a seven-speed DSG–which generates 148 hp of power and a torque of 250 Nm.

Specifications

The Virtus is 4561mm long, 1752mm wide, and 1507mm tall, which is the longest and widest in the sedan segment. The wheelbase measures 2651mm. 

Engine1.0L TSI1.5L TSI EVO
with ACT
Fuel typePetrolPetrol
Displacement (cc)9991498
Transmission6-speed MT /
6-speed AT 
7-speed DSG
Drive system2 WD2 WD
Fuel tank capacity (L)
Seating capacity55
Boot space (L)521 (expandable to 1050)521 (expandable to 1050)
Ground clearance (mm)179179
Wheelbase (mm)26512651

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Features

The premium mid-size sedan comes with a plethora of convenience features such as an electric sunroof, start/stop push button, smart-touch Climatronic AC, ventilated front seats, height-adjustable head restraint, cruise control, wireless mobile charger, 4 USB ports and 12V socket, cooled glovebox, rain sensors, and 60:40 split folding rear seats.

The Virtus boasts 40-plus safety features such as six airbags, ESC, side-impact protection beam, impact-absorbing body components, reverse camera, multi-collision brakes, electronic differential lock (EDL), hydraulic brake boosters, and three-point seatbelts (all seats).

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Volkswagen Virtus price in India

The Virtus comes in two trims: the Dynamic Line and the Performance Line, at a starting price of INR 11.22 lakh, and goes up to INR 17.91 lakh. 

TrimsVirtus modelsPrice in India 
Dynamic Line ComfortlineINR 11.22 lakh
Dynamic Line High LineINR 12.97 – 14.97 lakh
Dynamic Line Top LineINR 14.41 – 15.71 lakh
Performance LineGT LineINR 17.91 lakh

The made-in-India Virtus will be exported to 25 countries around the world. Although there is no official news regarding the vehicle’s launch in Nepal, Volkswagen fans can expect the sedan to arrive here within 2022–to replace the Vento.


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