Tuesday, August 16

Volkswagen Virtus launched. Prices start at INR. 11.21 lakh

Volkswagen has launched the Virtus in India, with a starting price of INR. 11.21 lakh for the 1.0 TSI Comfortline variant, going up to INR. 17.91 lakh for the top-spec 1.5 TSI GT variant. Bookings for the Virtus are already underway.

The Volkswagen Virtus is based on the MQB-A0-IN platform, which it shares with the Skoda Slavia.

The exterior styling of the Virtus is distinct and typical VW, with clean and crisp lines. The car gets LED headlamps and 16-inch alloy wheels as standard.

Inside, the top-spec version of Virtus gets features like a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an 8.0-inch instrument cluster, wireless phone charging, connected car tech, ventilated seats, a sunroof, cooled glovebox and auto headlamps and wipers. On the safety front, higher variants get six airbags, hill-hold control, ESC and a tyre pressure monitor. In terms of practicality, the Virtus packs a 521-litre boot and a 60:40 split rear seat to open up more space.

The Virtus range starts with a 115hp, 178Nm, 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that’s paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. Volkswagen is also offering the more powerful 150hp, 250Nm, 1.5-litre TSI four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, which also features cylinder deactivation technology to save fuel. For now, the 1.5 TSI is only available with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Skoda Slavia, however, gets both manual and automatic gearbox options with the 1.5-litre TSI engine.

Volkswagen Virtus ex-showroom prices:

Dynamic Line MT

  • Comfortline – INR. 11.21 lakh
  • Highline – INR. 12.97 lakh
  • Topline – INR. 14.41 lakh

Dynamic Line AT

  • Highline – INR. 14.27 lakh
  • Topline – INR. 15.71 lakh

Performance Line AT

  • GT Line – INR. 17.91 lakh

The Dynamic Line comes with a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that makes 113 BHP and 175 Nm, while the Performance Line packs a 1.5-litre TSI engine that puts out 148 BHP and 250 Nm. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and 7-speed DSG.

The Virtus takes on other midsize sedans in the market like the Skoda Slavia, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City and the Hyundai Verna.

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