VW Virtus could replace India-made VW Vento in Mexico - Report

11/12/2017 - 11:49 | ,   | Sagar Parikh

Volkswagen unveiled the VW Virtus in Brazil last month. The company has developed the small sedan for markets like South America, Central America, and the Caribbean region.

2018 VW Virtus (Polo based sedan) front three quarters
Volkswagen has developed the VW Virtus for the markets in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean region.

According to a report from Al Volante, the VW Virtus could replace the India-made VW Vento in Mexico in Q1 2018. Volkswagen revealed the car in Brazil last month, but there too, sales will commence only in January next year. The VW Virtus is essentially the sedan version of the sixth-gen VW Polo, which went on sale in Brazil just last month.

Based on the MQB A0 platform, the VW Virtus measures 4.48 metres in length and has a 2.65-metre wheelbase, which is the same as the VW Jetta’s wheelbase. The Virtus’ body is 1,751 mm wide and 1,468 mm tall. Its width is the same as that of the all-new Polo, but its height is 4 mm more. The B-segment sedan has a boot space of 521 litres.

Volkswagen has confirmed only one engine for the VW Virtus so far - 1.0-litre TSI. This flex-fuel engine develops up to 128 cv (128 hp) and 20.4 kgf.m (200.06 Nm) of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. Reports say that buyers will also have the option to go for the 1.6-litre MSI flex-fuel engine that develops up to 117 cv (117 hp) and up to 16.5 kgf.m (161.81 Nm) of torque. Volkswagen is expected offer this engine with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Engine and transmission choices will differ as per the market.

2018 VW Virtus (Polo based sedan) dashboard
Mexico would import the VW Virtus from Brazil.

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The VW Virtus’ production takes place alongside the sixth-gen VW Polo in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. This plant will supply to the Mexican market as well.

[Source: Al Volante]

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