A teaser from VW India showcases the much awaited Vento replacement, dubbed the Virtus in its production form. Set to be officially revealed on the 8th of March, the Virtus could be a game changer in the VW lineup rejig. A top-spec GT line Virtus can also be seen and will most likely be equipped with the 1.5TSI.
GT Line: VW’s teaser hints that the Virtus, like the Taigun will come in a GT Line model as well. These top of the line variants are said to be featuring more aggressive body elements on the exterior along with a spicier interior and a heavier equipment list.
From the visuals, we can make out that the GT will get unique badges, a different alloy design or finish compared to the normal variants. However, cosmetic aside, the GT will feature the 1.5L TSI turbo petrol engine which has received much praise since its debut in the Taigun.
Fresh Updates: The Virtus shares its platform with sister, Slavia. However, the Virtus will be a facelifted version of the existing model unlike the Slavia which is a fresh product. The Virtus will join the localised MQB-A0-IN platform based gang with the Slavia, Kushaq and Taigun.
The Virtus has grown! The new car will now be larger and more spacious in possibly all dimensions over the existing Vento setting new standards in its segment.
The Virtus is said to be as loaded on equipment as the Taigun, and will most likely feature the 10-inch touchscreen, a digital instrument cluster, wireless charging, connected car tech, a sunroof, auto headlamps and wipers, a tyre pressure monitor, six airbags, and much more in top-spec GT trim.
As a sister model to the Slavia, the Virtus will also be sharing a lot of components with the former, including several body panels, interior trims, switchgear, seats and more. So like the Vento and Rapid, the Virtus and Slavia will carry on the sharing tradition as well.
Engines: Due to being based on the same platform as the Taigun, the Virtus will most likely feature the same engine and gearbox options as well. An entry level 1.0-litre TSI with 115hp & 175Nm will be on offer with a 6 speed manual gearbox or torque converter.
The GT line cars will be powered by a 1.5-litre TSI engine putting out 150hp & 250Nm while being mated to a 7-speed DSG.
Competition: The Virtus and Slavia are entering a market that has been gradually declining with no mainstream manufacturer launching any new products off late. The twins however, could spicen the segment with their enthusiast oriented setups along with high quality promise.
The Twins will face the Hyundai Verna, Suzuki Ciaz & Honda City as key competitors with Toyota pulling the plug on the Yaris last year.
Will the return of the fun sedan be possible?
Written by Aakash Kalro