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Volkswagen Virtus: 5 Things To Expect From The Skoda Slavia-based Sedan


Like the Taigun is to the Kushaq, the Slavia is the forerunner to the VW Virtus, which will be launched in the first half of 2022

The Slavia, slated for launch in March 2022, will be Skoda’s second offering as part of its ‘India 2.0’ strategy. Like the Kushaq-Taigun duo, the Slavia will forerun a VW sedan, which will likely be called ‘Virtus’. This upcoming Honda City rival, which will be launched soon after the Slavia, will replace the decade-old Vento. 

Now that we have spent some time with the Slavia, here are five things we reckon you can expect from the upcoming Volkswagen sedan.

Typical ‘Volkswagen’ Outside 

ZW-VW-Virtus

LIke the Slavia’s front fascia is identical to the Fabia/Octavia, the Virtus will be sharing its design elements with the sixth-gen Polo sold overseas. Like the Taigun, Volkswagen could spice it up with some India-specific changes, for example, using chrome more generously. The Virtus’ alloy wheels, tail lamps, and bumpers will be different from the Slavia.

There could also be a sportier GT trim on offer with red highlights inside and outside.

Polo-like Inside

ZW-VW-Virtus

We weren’t surprised with the Slavia’s interior resembling the Fabia. And Volkswagen could take a similar approach with the Virtus -- by utilising the Polo’s dashboard. To keep costs in check, the sedan will share its infotainment system, digital driver’s display, climate control, and gear lever with the Slavia. 

Feature List

ZW-VW-Virtus

The Virtus’ features should be identical to the Slavia. The latter gets wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, connected car tech, a single-pane sunroof, ventilated front seats, auto headlamps and wipers, and keyless entry with push-button start. 

Passenger safety should be taken care of by up to six airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors with camera, and electronic stability control. 

Same Engines As Kushaq/Taigun/Slavia 

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No prizes for guessing. The Virtus will get the same 115PS 1-litre and 150PS 1.5-litre turbo-petrol mills as the Kushaq, Slavia, and Taigun. Both units can be teamed with manual and automatic transmission options. 

Take a look at the detailed specifications:

 

Volkswagen Virtus 1.0 TSI

Volkswagen Virtus 1.5 TSI

Power (PS)

115PS (+5PS over Vento)

150PS

Torque (Nm)

178Nm  (+3Nm over Vento)

250Nm

Transmission Option

6-speed manual / 6-speed torque converter automatic 

6-speed manual / 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch)

Expected Price And Rivals

ZW-VW-Virtus

The Slavia and Virtus are expected to be priced almost similar to the Kushaq and Taigun. We reckon the upcoming VW sedan will sell from around Rs 10 lakh to Rs 17 lakh, pitting it against the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and the upcoming Skoda Slavia and Toyota Belta. 

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