Volkswagen India has launched their newest sedan in the country, the Virtus for INR 11.21Lakhs. The second car in the German automaker’s “India 2.0” initiative, the Virtus is expected to shake things in up the sedan segment in India.
Volkswagen claims it to be the longest car in the premium mid-sized segment while expecting a reinvigoration in the drive for long-bodied cars in the market. The company claims the Virtus will give customers a “safe and a fun-to-drive experience”.
Design of the new Virtus:
The Virtus keeps close ties with the older VW design language while making significant changes here and there for a touch of modernity. The sedan gets equipped with LED head lights as standard, a signature VW chrome grille, 16in alloys and chrome garnishes here and there that accentuate the car’s design. Tail lamps also are a beautiful looking Audi-esque LED setup. Cementing its relevance in this segment, the Virtus also gets the all-important electric sunroof.
The GT Plus variant even gets significant cosmetic additions on the inside as well as outside, unlike the Slavia’s upper range of models. These include ‘Razor’ black alloys, GT badging, front red brake callipers, carbon steel grey roof, aluminium pedals and even a blacked out spoiler.
The interior greets one to a revamped layout, with a body coloured panel inserts on the dashboard. Colour accents involve a dual tone business everywhere with glossy black touches. Tech includes a digital driver’s display with a 25.65cm infotainment system. The car even gets the My Volkswagen Connect 2.0 connected car features with an 8-speaker sound system.
Performance of the Virtus:
Being a Volkswagen, performance is of course something you look forward to. At least on paper, the Virtus doesn’t disappoint either. Two engine and three transmission options include a ‘Performance Line’ 1.5L TSI EVO engine with ‘Active Cylinder Technology’ (where, the car shuts off two cylinders when not needed for better efficiency) that comes mated to a 7-speed DSG, delivering a peak power of 150PS and a torque of 250Nm. Also on offer is a ‘Dynamic Line’ 1.0L TSI engine with options for a 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter. Figures go up to 115PS and 178 Nm of torque for this powerplant.
Again being a Volkswagen, the automaker makes sure its cars are the safest out on the roads. The Virtus therefore gets 40+ active and passive safety features with up to 6 airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with hill-hold, tire pressure deflation warning, and reversing camera but not a 30 degree system.
Price and Competition:
Available in 6 colour options, the Volkswagen Virtus starts from INR 11.21Lakhs for the Comfortline variant, climbing all the way up to INR 17.92Lakhs for the GT Plus guise. Direct rivals are the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, the Hyundai Verna, Honda City, and its Czech stable mate, the Skoda Slavia. Deliveries to commence for the Virtus as of date.