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VW Virtus starts production in India

Built on the MQB-AO-IN platform, the Virtus will finally replace the ageing Vento.

Volkswagen has begun production of their new Virtus at its Chakan facility near Pune. The car is the successor to the age-old Vento much like how the Slavia is the successor to the Rapid. The car has been launched and revealed in all its glory, but the prices are still under wraps as VW hasn’t given any intimation of it yet. The car should have its price reveal by May this year, and bookings are already underway.

There are two engines on offer as we had learnt some time back, and they are a 1.0L turbocharged petrol and a 1.5L naturally aspirated engine. As for the transmission, the 1.0L gets a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic, while it is widely rumoured that the 1.5L will only be available with a 7-speed DSG.

On the inside, the car is decked out with tech and comforts to make it stand out. The dashboard is very modern by design, and looks sleek and has had a major update and revamp, much like the Slavia did. A 10″ touchscreen and digital instrument cluster is standard, as is an electric sunroof, ABS+EBD, 6 airbags and more to make it both a comfortable and safe car to drive.

The two trims available for the car are Dynamic and Performance. The Performance Line only has the 1.5L engine in it, and is available with the GT trim as well. It has many rivals in the form of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz and Skoda Slavia. We pitted them all head-to-head, and you can read more here.

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Sahil D.

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