2022 Volkswagen Virtus sedan unveiled: Key highlights
- Volkswagen has officially debuted the Virtus mid-size sedan today in a global premiere. The sedan, which will share several similarities with the recently-launched Skoda Slavia, will replace Vento from the German carmaker’s lineup in India.
Here are the highlights from the official unveiling event of new Volkswagen Virtus. ...read less
Unveiling event comes to an end
Volkswagen Virtus has been unveiled but the prices remain to be revealed. That's all from the unveiling event of the new sedan for now. Read full report here.
Pre-bookings for Volkswagen Virtus have been opened starting today across 151 Volkswagen touchpoints in the country.
Six exterior colours, two trims
New Volkswagen Virtus gets six vibrant exterior colour options. It will be offered in two trim options - Dynamic Line and Performance Line.
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Here is the interior look of the Volkswagen Virtus. Interior features include 20.32 cm digital cockpit, 25.65 cm touchscreen infotainment system, wireless phone charging, 4 USB ports, Auto headlights, push botton start/stop, ventilated front seats, cooled glove box, electric sunroof, eight speakers as standard, among others.
Virtus gets 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine with ACT and a 1.0-litre TSI engine option as well. Transmission options include 7-speed DSG, 6-speed AT and 6-speed manual gearbox.
New Volkswagen Virtus features GT badging, dual-tone roof, glossy back rear spoiler, red brake calipers, black ORVMs, red stitching on seats, razor black alloys and other GT elements.
New Volkswagen Virtus unveiled
Here's a look at the new Volkswagen Virtus sedan that is claimed to be the biggest car in its segment. It comes with 521 litres of boot space.
Made-in -India sedan
The Volkswagen Virtus will be built at the company's Chakan plant and be exported to 25 countries across five continents.
Unveiling to start shortly
The unveiling event of 2022 Volkswagen Virtus is about to begin shortly. Stay tuned for all the live updates.
What are the safety features expected on VW Virtus?
As far as safety is concerned, expect the Volkswagen Virtus to come with six airbags as standard besides other safety features like tyre pressure monitoring system, ABS, EBD and ESC.
2022 Volkswagen Virtus sedan will rival the likes of Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City and Skoda Slavia.
What can be the engine options on VW Virtus?
The Volkswagen Virtus is likely to source power from the 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI unit and a 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder engine. These units are already in use in the Taigun SUV. These are likely to be mated to a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and seven-speed DSG gearbox.
Volkswagen Virtus vs Volkswagen Vento
The new Volkswagen sedan - the Virtus - will replace the Volkswagen Vento from the German carmaker's lineup in India. The new model is likely to be longer and wider when compared to the existing Vento models. This implied that the new sedan will have more space on offer inside the cabin.
What does 'Virtus' mean?
Volkswagen says that the name 'Virtus' is a combination of two words - 'Virtuoso' and 'Virtues'. It claims that the new sedan encompasses the core DNA of the brand.
Volkswagen Virtus part of India 2.0 project
The Volkswagen Virtus will be the company's second product offering under its India 2.0 project. It will come based on the carmaker's popular MQB AO IN platform, which underpins several new generation models from both Volkswagen and Skoda. Virtus sedan is also likely to share a lot of similarities with the Skoda Slavia sedan.
Some more sneak peek
A day before the official unveiling, Volkswagen teased a bit more of the 2022 Virtus. It shows that the Virtus will come with arrow-shaped LED taillights and chrome treatment under the boot. The boot space cover has a black deflector. It will also have spoilers on the bumper.
Earlier, teasers released by Volkswagen showed that Virtus will also have features like full LED headlights with two projector headlamps and sophisticated LED daytime running lights. The grille will have a glossy black finish with chrome treatments.
Why focus on sedans?
Both Skoda and Volkswagen are betting big on mid-size sedan space at a time when the segment has been on a very noticeable decline. In fact, the mid-size sedan space has conceded much ground to the sub-compact SUVs that have cropped up in recent times. Currently, Honda City leads the segment, followed by Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna. However, collectively these three sedans do not sell more than 10,000 units a month. With Virtus, Volkswagen would look forward to re-energise the mid-size segment along with the new Skoda Slavia.