Volkswagen’s Virtus sedan units are all set to step out in the Brazilian market and some spy shots of the car helps us catch a glimpse of how the sedan looks.
Virtus is a sedan which has been based on the concept of new Polo hatchback which was to be called Volkswagen Vento if it was to be sold in Indian markets.
Volkswagen Virtus has the same modular MQB Ao platform which supports most new generation cars of Volkswagen, including the all new Polo. Virtus was unveiled for international markets in June.
The spy photos taken from the factory floor reveal that the design of Volkswagen Virtus resembles the new Polo. The same can be said for Vento too which is sold in India. The front portion of the car is just like the hatchback but there is a difference in the design of the bumper which has a full-width chrome trim. The spoiler on the rear is quite refined. The similarity in the design with that of Polo is till the front door after which Virtus a different design as it has has been made quite spacious. The notchback like design on the rear is quite fascinating and the design of the tail-lamp is much like that of Audi A4. The back glass is quite big and sporty and makes the sedan look cohesive.
Coming to the interior of the Virtus the dashboard once again looks much like that of the all new Polo. There is a flat bottom steering, 10.2 inch virtual cockpit instrument cluster and a big touchscreen infotainment system and navigation placed quite high. Also included is a climate control and although not quite clear but there is a cruise control. The pictures don’t show the space inside the car but it definitely has more space than Polo.
Virtus might be launched in Brazil with two motors which would run on petrol or ethanol with a capacity of 1.6 litre, 1.0 litre of TSI unit developing 128PS of maximum power and MSI unit developing 120PS of maximum power.
Volkswagen is building the Virtus in Anchieta plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The first MQB A0 platform based sedan would be available for sale soon.
Whether or not Volkswagen India would make the Volkswagen Virtus available in the Indian markets is not quite clear. For now the company is busy assessing on how they could develop a low budget SUV/car for Indian roads. Presently the range of Vento, Polo and Ameo have been based on an old platform which has already been introduced in the world and with the markets across the globe switching over to MQB platform Volkswagen India would be unable to keep up with the high costs to develop cars on an old platform.
The new MQB platform would be a bit expensive for India presently but the products manufactured in the future would be more competitive. Upcoming products of Volkswagen such as Tiguan and T-ROC would be priced well if they were assembled in India.
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Volkswagen has released a teaser sketch and a short video of the T-ROC on Twitter which according to the company has been confirmed to debut globally in August 23.
The images show the coarse dimensions and original design which have been merged into the earlier sketches from a wider angle in the profile but these spy pictures of the pre-production car reveal that the look is definitely going to be toned down for the finishing model.
The video shows small peeps of different features of T-ROC such as wheels, front and rear lights and wing mirrors.
The in-the-metal work in which the name of T-ROC has been written reveal that the designers of the car have been inspired from ‘Tiguan’ which also happens to be one in the line of SUV’s of Volkswagen. T-ROC however, has a lower riding compared to Tiguan which was showcased in 2014, Geneva Motor Show. T-ROC also happens to draw quite a bit from Polo.
The production of T-ROC will soon begin, the company is already staking on the road competence and design of the car. If one remembers ‘Taigun’ of Volkswagen showcased in 2014 in India – T-ROC happens to be an advanced version of it.
The T-ROC can be expected to have a powerful look, integrated headlights along with wide and bold radiator grille. The day time running lights or DRLs and turn indicators have been stationed on the bumper.
Volkswagen Golf would also be available for sale along with T-ROC SUV and it would be sharing the modular design structure with Audi Q2 SUV as the MQB platform which is supporting the base of Audi Q2 is same for T-ROC. The overall dimension of T-ROC would be similar to that of the Audi Q2.
Volkswagen would be having both petrol and diesel versions of T-ROC and the complete range which powers the Volkswagen Golf is likely to be used on SUV with different tuning. The 1.0 three cylinder turbo petrol engine and the 1.5L TSI petrol engine which was used on Golf will be used in T-ROC. For some time now Volkswagen has been trying to introduce small displacement diesel engines to their new SUV’s and cars however, T-ROC will not have this. The diesel variants of the T-ROC SUV will definitely boost the sales for Volkswagen.
There will be 1.6L TDI and 2.0L TDI options in the diesel engine variations with both six speed manual and seven speed DSG on offer. The 4-motion all-wheel drive system may also feature on the top models of T-ROC. Customers can expect GTI, GTE plug-in, GTD and the R version of T-ROC later on but a fully electronic T-ROC may not be available. Volkswagen has announced that their electric SUV’s and cars would be sold under the Volkswagen I.D. brand which would be based on electric MEB platform. Its prototype was displayed in the Paris Motor Show in 2016 but the production vehicle based on the prototype would be launched only in 2019.
Volkswagen India exclusively offers the customer benefit program for the coming festive season. To reach the maximum volume of sales with the festive season, Volkswagen Polo, Vento and Ameo models offer with the special benefits. Volkswagen Festive Offers only valid for this month (September 2017) only.
On all model variants:
- Exchange/ Loyalty (20,000 + 20,000) on Polo, Vento and Ameo Variants
- Anniversary Editions at Affordable Cost
- Customer Benefit with GST Credit
- VWFS Exclusive Offer is an added advantage
Exchange + Loyalty is valid for Volkswagen to Volkswagen upgradation
For Exchange, customer to submit Exchange Claim documents
- Old car purchase agreement
- Invoice Copy of Old Car
- Insurance Copy of Old Car
- Transfer RC Copy, etc
Why thinking? For total information, Contact the nearest Volkswagen Dealer to get benefit on Volkswagen Cars.
Pooja International Nepal, the official distributor of Volkswagen in Nepal is all set to exhibit VW Cross Polo made in India at the NADA Auto Show 2017. The VW Cross Polo is basically the modified version of adventure style VW Polo. VW Cross Polo comes with attractive headlamps with a perfect black finish, extraordinary grille layout in front, chrome slat present in the radiator grille, exclusive bumpers accompanied by silver underlining, black side coating, rocker panel masks and black frame wheel arch, roof rails in silver colour and silver outside-rear-view mirror are the features that add to the style of VW Cross Polo.
The model is bestowed with VW Polo R WRC based get-up. The length of VW is 3,987 mm and its width is 1698 mm. With a height of 1483 mm Polo is approximately 16 mm longer, 14 mm taller and 16 mm wider as compared to the regular Polo. As compared to the standard Polo it provides a ground clearance of 16 mm, 3 mm extra for its users.
Its two engine variants come with 1.5 TDI and 1.6 MPI. Its petrol engine with the capacity of 1.6 litres generates 105 PS and torque of 153 Nm. Ideally the diesel engine with the capacity of 1.5 litres generates 230 Nm torque and 90 PS. The 5-speed physical transmission is standard.
When it comes to the equipment details of VW Cross Polo, they have everything that includes alloy wheels of 15-inch, OVRMs that can be adjusted electrically, upholstery with amazing fabric ‘Cloud’ Titanschwarz, gearshift knob and leather folded steering wheel, climate control is completely automatic (Climatronic), sound system with 4 speaker and rear parking sensors make VW Cross Polo the elegant vehicle.
Volkswagen India adds a milestone to the company’s history as it exported its 2,50,000 cars to Mexico. The Indian branch of the German manufacturer has indeed added a feather to its cap. These India made cars are different variants of left hand drive Vento sedan and Polo hatchback.
Volkswagen also declared that Vento was the third largest selling passenger car sector in Mexico. The car company began the production of Vento in 2009 and began exporting the car to Mexico in 2013.
More than half of the cars produced at the Volkswagen plant in Pune, Maharashtra contribute to export for Mexico. The Jetta Classico of the Mexican market was replaced by VW Vento manufactured by India. The build, quality, comfort, design and safety standards of the car has since then fascinated the buyers in Mexico.
Volkswagen did a business of 86, 852 cars in the year 2016-17. By registered a growth of 14.3% and became the fifth largest auto exporter of India. They were also the company to export the highest number of cars in this financial year compared to its competitors Maruti Suzuki and Nissan. In the financial year 2015-16 they had exported 75,989 cars.
The company has made an overall export of 3.10 lakh cars and the users of Volkswagen cars are spread in more than 35 countries across Asia, Africa, North and South America.
While being one of the best Volkswagen also entrusts the best to have their job done as the shipment of Mexico would be delivered by Hoegh Trigger which is one of the biggest vessels of Hoegh Autoliners – the largest pure car and truck carriers in the world.
The President and Managing Director of Volkswagen India Private Limited, Dr. Andreas Lauermann said that the increasing demand of India-made Volkswagen cars in international markets such as Mexico bear testament that the company focuses on quality products throughout their manufacturing investments across the world – in accordance with their “think global, build local philosophy!” Speaking about India he said, they have offered Volkswagen a rich blend of local market opportunity along with manufacturing expertise which has helped the company to benefit the world with cars that are “German in their soul and local in their flavour.” Volkswagen would continue investing in this prospect and await further accomplishments from India in the future years.
Less production related and labour costs are the main reasons to why car makers flock to India to set up their export hub.
Volkswagen has made an investment of about Rs 6,000 crore/ € 825 million at the Chakan, Pune plant. They have attained a localization of around 82% without transmissions and engines. There are 4,000 employees working in this plant which has been functioning since March 2016.
Also there are reports which reveal that the probable partnership between Volkswagen and Tata Motors seems to have led nowhere and the discussion seems to have been closed. Volkswagen had desired to further cut down on the cost of production by sharing the platform with the local companies in India. They are now focused on developing their own platform in the country.
Although Volkswagen calls the Tiguan as a competitor to small German SUV’s, the SUV comes in as a direct opponent to Hyundai Tuscon as both seem to have the same structural look and size. Here is a quick comparison of the two cars in case you are considering on buying one of the SUVs.
When it comes to the feel and look Tuscon grabs your attention more than Tiguan. From the dynamic wheel arches to the pulled back-lamps, SUV definitely has a handsome face. The rear tail lamps however could have been more refined.
Tiguan on the other hand has big and full LED headlamps but the design of the bumper and grille are quite cowed. However, the metal work on the door handles, chrome strip on bumper and tail lamps with hockey shape have quite a clean and graceful. Overall attractive but Tuscon still has an upper hand.
Tiguan has a dark interior, the upholstery is black while the dashboard is dark grey. Tuscon has used a beige and black theme because of which the car feels more spacious. The sunroof and large windows used by Tiguan also makes it more airy both of which is absent in Tuscon. Both SUV’s have leather upholstery but that of the Tiguan is more luxurious.
There is an Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatible touchscreen device along with a full colour multi-information display in both the cars.While both have powered driver seats along with lumbar support which is adjustable and heated extended mirrors, memory function, heated function in front seats and wing mirrors are what Tiguan has.
Tiguan has more knee room yet Tuscon is wide and the transmission tunnel is less invasive which gives it an added point as a three-seater. The seats of Tuscon are more comfortable compared to that of Tiguan. Tuscon has a boot space of 513 litres while Tiguan has 615 litres. The cabin of Tuscon is of good quality but that of Tiguan is better and a step ahead. Even the smallest details have been finished with great care giving it a premium feel.
Tiguan from Volkswagen takes a lead in terms of features and design.
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State of Play
Tiguan comes only in the diesel variation so the discussion would be based on the 2.0 litre turbo diesel variants. Hyundai made a debut of their 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine in Tuscon and it seems to be quite sturdy. It generates 185hp and 400Nm of torque. It also has a six speed automatic/manual gearbox the performance of which is quite smooth. A drawback however is whenever the throttle is lifted the revs (speed measured in revolutions per minute) plunges down to 1,000 rpm each time. The motor of Tiguan generates 143hp and 340Nm of torque and has a seven speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The engine sound can be heard from outside but it is quiet from the cabin, lesser noise compared to Tuscon. The motor rev is quite responsive and the shifters move gracefully to your command.
Tiguan features a Haldex style all wheel drive system while Tuscon is front wheel drive. There are three driving modes in Tuscon – Eco, Noral and Sport but lacks adjustability although the performance is quite strong. Tiguan has four driving modes – Normal, Snow, Off-road and Off-road individual all of which are controlled through a rotary dial near the gear changer. With Tiguan one can enjoy an aggressive ride while Tuscon is meant for the highway.
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Tuscon may be priced on the lower side but the features, interior and the feel of driving of Tiguan is overwhelming. You may have to pay a bit extra but Tiguan is definitely a take home and worth every penny spent.
The 2009 release of the fifth generation Polo by Volkswagen has been highly successful across the globe. It bagged in various prestigious awards apart from the world rally titles it won through its Polo R WRC creation. It’s now time to say good bye to it as it reached the end of its lifecycle. The new release of Volkswagen Polo 2018 is now marking its way to supersede all its predecessors. The looks and specs of the new release is here:
This new model of Volkswagen Polo is set to be launched in the first half of 2018 in India and to our surprise it will not be launched in the famous Auto Expo 2018. In Europe, it will be launched most likely in the second half of 2017 itself. Volkswagen has cleverly planned the launch of its other variants in the SUV and sedan verticals once it is release the Polo 2018 edition.
Unlike the existing fifth generation Polo, the 2018 release will not be a value for money edition. Be expectant to see a drastic rise in the price to as much as Rs. 6 Lakhs for the petrol variant itself. We are deducing this as we witnessed the Ameo being priced radically though it is less expensive when compared to the Polo releases.
Based on the MQB platform, the new Volkswagen Polo 2018 are suspected to be working on completely new petrol engines which includes 1.0L, 1.2L and 1.5L engine displacements. India will be likely to get the 1.L or the 1.2L engine displacement version. There is no change in the engine displacement of the diesel version; it will be powered from 1.5L to more.
The best speed that the petrol version can go in a city is 15 kmpl, on a highway is 20 kmpl and the overall mileage is 19-21 kmpl. Coming to the diesel variants, its speed in the city is 17 kmpl, on the highway is 23 kmpl and the overall mileage that can be drawn is 22-23 kmpl.
The exteriors of the all new Mk6 or the Volkswagen Polo 2018 release get new nose, bumpers and headlights. The complete car is designed with clear straight lines and is much bigger compared to the existing version. It adopted the design ideas from the existing T-Roc, T-Cross breeze. It might miss out on the LED lamps and DRL’s to keep the cost lower. The new model comes with dual beam head lights along with electrically foldable side mirrors with turn indicators. Volkswagen mainly concerns on safety perspective, POLO 2018 model equips with dual front airbags.
On a high note, Volkswagen is speeding up in launching new models to withstand competition and with new Polo 2018 it is eyeing to bag new segment of customers.
This SUV made its grand entrance in the Rs. 25-30 lakhs vertical. The Comfortline model of Tiguan priced at Rs. 27.68 lakhs and the Highline (The Premium Variant) priced at Rs. 31.04 lakhs. Whether you need to go in for the Comfortline model or go in for the highline here is our analysis of both the Tiguan variants:
Both the highline and Comfortline Tiguan variants are loaded with day time running lamps LED headlights. Coming to the LED tail lights and the scenic sunroof decked with LED’s are absent in the Comfortline. Designed with the chrome granite inserts on the bumpers and 17-inch wheels Comfortline has dark grid inserts with black roof rails whereas, the Highline model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, titanium inserts and the sunroof LED’s.
No matter which models you choose, Volkswagen didn’t compromise on the comfort levels as both the editions have similar features. They feature front and rear seats made of Vienna leather, driver’s seat which can be adjusted electrically, 3-zone air conditioning with proper rear controls, gear shift knob covered with leather and heated front seats. However, Comfortline misses out on the keyless entry with a one push button start and easy open boot. Having an 8 speaker layout, both the models have Google android and apple car play connectivity.
As we know, safety is prioritized above everything in the Volkswagen breed; both the variants are loaded with features of 6 air bags, tyre pressure monitoring system, ABS, active hood for pedestrian safety and ESC. However, comfortline doesn’t have reverse parking camera and self- sealing tyres which highline bags on.
We test drove both the Comfortline and highline editions which is the best bet for those who want to go in for a luxurious premium which is a perfect combination of a decent SUV, safety, luxury and practicality.
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Good news for the Indian customers, Volkswagen India launches a new version, Volkswagen Polo Highline Plus to increase the brand value in the market. Some of the bloggers confirmed that the new model has already arrived the Volkswagen dealerships for promotion. The new version is the top end model of the existing Polo featured with the additional equipment and features.
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The look of the Polo Highline Plus is almost similar to the Polo Highline and expected to be offered with the reverse parking camera and 16-inch alloy wheels. There is no official confirmation from the authorised Volkswagen dealers and the company, all expect that the high-end Polo version will come up with the LED headlamps.
We all know that the Volkswagen Polo is the best-selling car in India and with the entry of Highline Plus version, the demand for the Polo will increase in the passenger car market. To accept the model, the customers considered the price and performance. Compared to the existing models, the price of the Polo is also reasonable for the domestic customers. Coming to the performance, it features the existing engines and available in petrol and diesel versions.
The dual-tone (red-black) colored Polo Highline Plus was spotted in Pune and featured the bigger 9-spoke alloy wheels. The spied images indicated that the Highline Plus also featured the rear bumpers and side sill with the black plastic cladding.
The VW Polo Highline Plus offers with the 1.2-litre MPI petrol engine that makes 75PS of power and 110Nm of torque. The Polo diesel cars feature the 1.5 –litre TDI diesel puts out 90PS of power and 230Nm torque. Both engines integrated with the 5-speed manual transmission to send the power to the wheels.
Just a few days to go for the Volkswagen Polo Highline Plus launch and the model will go on sale in the next month. The sources informed that the dealers are already accepting pre bookings at Rs. 25,000 for the new model. The Polo Highline Plus will be priced Rs. 30,000 higher than the Polo Highline.
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For your kind information, Volkswagen plans to implement the MQB platform in the Indian-specific models. Volkswagen has already unveiled MQB platform based sixth generation Polo in last month and the model is going to make its entry in Spain in October 2017. The MQB based models will be too expensive, so Volkswagen planning on this to face competition in the existing market. May be, Volkswagen will plan for next generation customers.
Anyway, contact the nearest Volkswagen dealer and check price details of the Polo Highline Plus after GST.
New Volkswagen Tiguan Review:
Tiguan is the new entry-level compact SUV from the German-based passenger car manufacturer, Volkswagen India in the Indian market. The appearance of the new Volkswagen car is perfect from every angle with the LED taillights, side shoulder line, chrome finished grille or bold bumper. Speaking about its rigidity, the new Tiguan is built with the totally uncontaminated (100%) galvanised steel and shaped according to the customer’s taste. Awesome presence in day or night apprehended by the new Volkswagen SUV with the fog lamps and corner lights. Additionally, its exterior is comfortable with the electrically foldable side mirrors and adjustable turn indicators.
As per the body posture, the new VW car comes with the electrically adjustable driver’s seat and comfy equipment, including touchscreen infotainment system and leather steering wheel. Automatic Intelligent Rain Sensor is the added advantage for the Indian customers.
Like the existing Volkswagen cars, the new Tiguan is designed with the perfect plan as per the customer’s needs. The luggage capacity (boot space) is 615-litres when seats up and which can be increased to 1655-litres if seats folded.
The new SUV offers with the new TDI engine, which has the capability of generating 105kW of power and 340Nm of torque. For efficiency on the roads, the Tiguan is featured with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system and 7-speed Automatic Dual Shift Gearbox (DSG). All with the new SUV, the customers get Hassle-free driving with perfection speed in a longer journey.
Safety is surrounded in the toughest German based Tiguan, which features ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Program) to improve the car’s stability be reducing or deleting any loss of traction. In addition, it is available with the advanced Anti-lock Braking System that can be helpful to avoid unexpected skid and stop the wheels from locking up, Hill-Hold control and six airbags.
Volkswagen Tiguan Smartness:
App-connect: easy interaction between smartphone and infotainment
3-Zone climate control AC: According to the temperature, the driver and passengers will adjust to three different temperatures.
Think Blue. Trainer: Which helps to save fuel as well as drive more efficiency for environment protection.
New Tiguan currently offered in five different colors, Atlantic Blue, Tungsten Silver, Indium Grey, Oryx White and Deep Black.
Comfortline – Rs. 28,59193 (Volkswagen Ex-Showroom, Hyderabad)
Highline – Rs. 32,05237 (Ex-Showroom, Hyderabad)
Rear view of Atlantic Blue colored Volkswagen Tiguan:
Front side of Oryx White colored new VW SUV:
Inside view of Tiguan:
Call the nearest Volkswagen Dealership and book the slot for a free test drive.