German car maker Volkswagen will be looking to bring its popular sedan Virtus to India by early-2018. The Virtus, basically a sedan form of the Polo, will look to bring in volumes expected by the company. On the other hand, the company will also launch the 2018 Polo at around the same time.
Both cars will spot VW’s internationally acclaimed MQB platform, which is used here by its parent company Skoda for the Superb and Octavia. In a surprise move, the automaker has also decided to upgrade its slow-selling hatchback the Polo. The Virtus will fit into VW’s volume segment portfolio, which is currently consisting of the Ameo, which despite not bringing volumes boasted the automaker’s monthly sales each time.
Both cars (Virtus and Polo) will employ VW’s 1.4L TSI and 1.2L TSI petrol engines along with a 1.5L diesel one. Gearboxes could be in the form of a 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSQ automatic features include LED DRL’s, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, touch screen infotainment system and a multi-functional steering wheel to name a few.
The Virtus is expected to come at a price of around Rs 10-15 lakhs, and will replace the Vento to take on the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Skoda Rapid. The Polo will be priced around the same point as the current model (Rs 7-12 lakhs). With the Virtus heading towards a global launch in November and the Polo already received a good response worldwide, expect both to do well in our market.
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