As per industry sources, Volkswagen will have the global reveal for their new mid-size sedan, named the Virtus in March this year and a launch timeline of sometime in May. This was confirmed by Ashish Gupta, Brand Director of VW India to the folks at carandbike.
The sedan will be based on the MQB-AO-IN platform, the same as its cousin car i.e. the Slavia. The Virtus name is not confirmed though is most likely to be the name for the car, and the car will be manufactured at VW’s plant at Chakan near Pune.
The Virtus is basically a sedan version of the facelifted Polo sold internationally, much akin to how the Vento was the sedan version of the Polo sold in India to this day. There will be a large number of localised production components used, similar to how the Taigun is produced.
It is also expected that the car will be quite similar to the Slavia dimensions-wise and power-wise, though the dimensions could be altered by a bit to make the car slightly more unique as compared to the Slavia. It is expected that there will be an option between a 1.0L and a 1.5L TSI engine, both turbocharged and mated to a 6-speed manual, 6-speed torque converter and a 7-speed DSG as well. Let’s wait and see how the launch goes!