2022 Volkswagen Virtus production begins in India ahead of launch
Volkswagen has now begun production of its next car for India, the 2022 Volkswagen Virtus, at its Chakan plant ahead of the sedan's launch by May. Bookings for the Virtus have already begun online and at Volkswagen dealerships after the car's unveiling earlier this month.
2022 Volkswagen Virtus engine, specifications
The Volkswagen Virtus shares its engine and gearbox options with the Taigun. The split is also the same with the Dynamic line being powered by the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol putting out 115PS and 178 Nm. This pairs with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque-converter automatic. The GT versions in the Performance line are powered by the 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol. This motor features cylinder deactivation and puts out 150PS and 250 Nm, but is only offered with the seven-speed DCT. Both offer a start-stop function.
2022 Volkswagen Virtus interior, features, safety
The Volkswagen Virtus features a horizontally themed dash design, while different from the flashier look in the Slavia. This theme carries through with the sharp-edged instrument binnacle housing the 7-inch digital instrumentation, the flat dash fascia housing the 10.1-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto/Apple Carplay, the simple angular air vents and the horizontal motifs along the passenger sides of the dash. There is the new Volkswagen steering wheel while the lower half now features the familiar capacitive touch climate controls. The GT versions add the red highlighting with darker cabin materials and upholstery with contrasting stitching.
The features list includes standard LED lighting, standard eight speakers, single-pane sunroof, climate control, auto headlamps and wipers, wireless charging, ventilated seats, push-button start, 60:40 split seats(GT only) and a cooled glove box.
Notable standard safety features on the Virtus include stability control, hill-hold, tyre deflation warning, electronic differential lock and multi-collision braking. Higher spec cars get up to six airbags and a reversing camera.
2022 Volkswagen Virtus expected price, launch date
The Volkswagen Virtus should be priced very closely to the Skoda Slavia, so expect prices to range between Rs 10 to 17 lakh, ex-showroom. The Volkswagen sedan should launch in India next month, competing most closely with its Skoda cousin as well as the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna.
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