Volkswagen Virtus to Replace Vento in India


Volkswagen, the popular German auto giant, revealed its future product plans at its annual meeting in Wolfsburg, Germany. We are looking at a handful of upcoming Volkswagen cars here – the T ROC, the T CROSS Breeze and the all-new Polo will be just three of many upcoming new cars from VW. With the new Polo on the Anvil, the manufacturer is also working on a new Polo-based sedan to replace the Vento. Yes, the VW Vento, which is also known simply as the Polo Sedan in many markets, is set to get a replacement. The next Vento sedan will be known as the Volkswagen Virtus. Here’s all the available information on its Volkswagen Virtus India release and launch dates, price, specs, mileage, et al.

Volkswagen Virtus India Front Angle Spy Images

It’s highly likely the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus sedan will first go on sale in the South American market. Upon its India launch, this VW sedan will come as a complete model replacement for the Vento. Currently, the Vento is underpinned by the PQ24 platform. The Virtus, however, will boast the new MQB-AB platform. This is the same platform that also underpins the next generation VW Polo.

The Virtus will be slightly larger than the Vento. True, it will be based on the same platform but the car could end up offering a bit more space on the inside. It’s noteworthy that the Virtus will be a direct rival to the Maruti Ciaz, a car that is clearly a class apart when it comes to offering segment-leading cabin space. The wheelbase should see an increment of around 5 cm, which will free up more space on the inside. The Virtus was spied recently and going by the spy images we have here, its front-end will look slightly different. Even the rear-end will be slightly different and will look more upmarket. The highlight here will be the new integrated spoiler and refreshed taillamps. On the inside, the car will get a 10.2-inch TFT digital speedo console and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Also See- Upcoming Volkswagen Cars in India

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Thanks to the usage of a new platform, the Virtus should be considerably lighter than the Vento. That said, the car’s structure will be only stronger than that of the outgoing model. Thanks to a lower kerb weight, the upcoming VW sedan should boast higher performance and fuel mileage than the Vento. Specifications-wise, the new sedan will be at least on a par with the current Polo-based sedan. Engine options should include a 1.2-litre TSI Turbo Petrol, a 1.4-litre TSI Turbo Petrol and a 1.5-litre TDI Turbo Diesel.

Also See- New Model Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Virtus India Launch Date

Model Launch Date
Volkswagen Virtus August 2019 (expected)

The Virtus should go on sale in South American markets later this year. Its Indian launch could take place sometime in 2019. Volkswagen will unveil the new generation Polo soon with its India launch expected in 2018.

Also See- Volkswagen T ROC SUV

Volkswagen Virtus Price in India

Minimum Price Rs 8 Lakh
Maximum Price Rs 13 Lakh

In all probability, the 2018 Volkswagen Virtus will cost more than the Vento. Hence, its prices are likely to start at Rs 8 lakh. The top-end model could have a sticker price of Rs 13 lakh. The upcoming VW sedan will try to justify the higher price tag thru its fresh design, more spacious interior and a longer list of features.

2018 Volkswagen Virtus to be based on the new-gen Polo
2018 Volkswagen Virtus to be based on the new-gen Polo

Volkswagen Virtus India Specifications

Engine 1.2 TSI Petrol, 1.4 TSI Petrol, 1.5 TDI Diesel
Transmission 6-speed Manual & 7-Speed DSG Automatic
Max. Power 105 PS, 125 PS, 110 PS
Peak Torque 175 Nm, 200 Nm, 250 Nm

While the new Virtus 2018 will be underpinned by a modern platform, the engines are likely to be picked from VW’s current crop of engines. The 1.2 TSI and the 1.5 TDI will come from the Vento. The 1.4 TSI will come from the Jetta sedan. While it won’t be the first time VW India will put these engines to use, all the three motors we have here are considerably modern units with a high performance and efficiency. Transmission options should include a 6-speed Manual and a 7-speed DSG Automatic. Watch this space for more information on the specs of the Vento-replacement.

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Volkswagen Virtus India Mileage

1.2 Petrol 15 KMPL
1.4 Petrol 13 KMPL
1.5 Diesel 16 KMPL

As we’ve already used all three of these engines before, we’ve a fair idea of the mileage they have on offer. Also, thanks to a lower kerb weight, mileage on the Virtus sedan will be slightly higher.

Volkswagen Virtus India Features

  • LED Headlamps with Daytime Running Lamps
  • LED Tailights
  • Alloy Wheels
  • ABS with EBD
  • Airbags
  • Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Multi Utility Steering Wheel
  • Reverse Assist
  • Auto Aircon
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Rain-sensing Wipers

Volkswagen Virtus India Exterior & Interior Review

The 2018 Virtus sedan will share in plenty with the all-new Polo hatchback. We’ve already seen undisguised test mules of the 2018 Polo in the various spy images abounding the web space. Hence, it should be sufficiently safe to say that the Virtus will look much like an evolved version of the Vento. Bits like headlights, front grille, many body panels will be shaded with the new Polo. While the Vento is built on a PQ24 platform, the Virtus will be underpinned by the MQB-AB architecture.

This is how the front-end of the Virtus could look like

This will not only make the car lighter, but also longer and wider. The wheelbase is expected to see an increase of 5 cm. This will surely free up some more space on the inside. Hence, the upcoming Volkswagen sedan has high chances of coming across as being significantly roomier. Its interior will be also high on features and should offer a upto 6-airbags, touchscreen infotainment system, multi-utility steering wheel, auto aircon, reverse assist, etc.

Stay tuned for latest news updates on 2018 Volkswagen Virtus India launch date, price, specifications, mileage, features and review.

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  1. why can’t they have a hybrid on this platform already i drive a vento without a hybrid no incentive to repurchase the same vehicle


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