The new teaser image gives an overview of the side profile of the Virtus sedan, which looks like a cross between the Vento (also sold in India) and the more premium Passat sedan. While the shape of the headlights seems to retain the familiar style, the front bumper look more resilient.
At the rear, it looks like the tail lights are brand new with a new rear bumper design. The D-pillar is very steep and runs towards the trunk lid. The sedan’s wheelbase of 2,600 mm is 36 mm longer than the hatchback on which it is based; it should have 500 liters of boot space.
Although the teaser did not reveal it, the cabin should carry all the important elements, including the double cab of the Polo hatchback, but with different upholstery fabrics.
For the South American market, Virtus will be available with two engines: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 117 hp and a pair of 162 Nm and a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbodiesel that produces 128 hp and 200 Nm of torque. The old engine is coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission, while the turbocharging will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The new sedan will replace the VW Travel and Polo sedan sold in the Brazilian market, helping Volkswagen achieve greater economies of scale. There is no news that the Volkswagen Virtus sedan arrives in India soon. Skoda has confirmed that they are currently developing a low-cost “Eco” platform based on the MQB platform.
VW and Skoda will share the platform. The development of the platform for India was announced after the alliance between Tata, Skoda and VW to jointly develop a low-cost platform using the Modular Advanced Modular Platform (AMP) India Modular.