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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