2018 VW Virtus (VW Polo based sedan) unveiled

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:51pm IST | ,   | Dhruv Saxena

Volkswagen has unveiled the sedan derivative of the sixth generation MQB-based Polo called VW Virtus. The world premiere of the new compact sedan Virtus in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2018 VW Virtus (Polo based sedan) three quarters
The Volkswagen Virtus is based on the MQB A0 platform that underpins a range of products from VW and its brands.

In terms of looks, the Virtus is identical to the Polo until the B-pillar. Much like its predecessor, VW Vento, the boot has been integrated rather neatly giving it a well-proportioned look. The Volkswagen Virtus has a wheelbase of 2.65 m and at 4.84 m, it is considerably longer than the hatchback. In fact, it is 450 mm longer than the Vento sedan. The boot can hold up to 521 L of luggage.

As anticipated, the dashboard has been lifted straight from the Polo. It features Volkswagen's Active Info Display - a 10.25 inch screen that replaces analogue dials. The centre console houses an 8-inch screen for the infotainment system that supports MirroLink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The show car bears 200 TSI badging, which means that under the hood there is a 1.0 L TSI turbocharged petrol engine. It produces 128 hp running on ethanol and 115 hp running on gasoline. Peak torque output is rated at 200 Nm. There will also be a 1.6 L petrol on offer delivering 117 hp and 162 Nm of torque. It will be mated to a 5-speed automatic while the more powerful 200 TSI variant gets a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2018 VW Virtus (Polo based sedan) rear angle action shot
The VW Virtus sedan is 4.84 m long and rides on a wheelbase measuring 2.65 m.

The launch of the MQB based VW Polo and VW Virtus in India is shrouded in uncertainty. It is reported that VW owned Skoda is working towards developing a new low-cost 'Eco' platform, which could underpin new generation variants of both models in India.

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