It’s time for German carmaker Volkswagen to introduce its 2021 line-up for India. The brand has also been testing a new mid-size sedan, which could act as a replacement for the current-gen Vento.

The new mid-size sedan in talks is the Volkswagen “Virtus” which will rival the likes of the current-gen Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the Skoda Rapid. This will also be the first time in about 10 years that Volkswagen will be launching a new car.

Volkswagen Virtus
Volkswagen Virtus | Credits- TeamBHP

Much recently an undisguised mule of the Virtus was spied testing on Indian roads, which indicated that Volkswagen could launch it sooner than expected. However, the test mule was a left-hand drive model. This could also mean that Volkswagen might be testing it for a different market.

Will it get a new engine?

  • According to leading media reports, the new Vento replacement will feature the 1.0-litre TSI turbo-petrol unit.
  • The same engine does its job on the Volkswagen Vento and produces 108 hp with a peak torque of 175 Nm.
  • Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter unit.
  • We may also get to see a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI engine producing 150hp of power and 250Nm of peak torque while paired to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

What’s on the feature end?

  • The Volkswagen Virtus will is expected to have a long feature list that includes a massive 10.25-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, all-digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, connected car tech etc.
  • While the 6-airbags, ABS with EBD, TPMS, front and rear parking sensors and driver fatigue monitor as standard.

India Launch?

  • If everything goes well, it is being said that Volkswagen might introduce its new mid-size sedan by the end of this year.
  • However, if not this year, we can surely expect to see the Virtus by early 2022 with the Volkswagen Taigun.

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