Yes, the good ol’ sedan is still relevant in some parts of the world.
In November 2021, Skoda launched the all-new Slavia in India, and now Volkswagen is following suit with the Virtus. The new sedan is based on the same MQB-A0-IN platform as its predecessor, with Skoda adapting the underpinnings for India and other emerging markets. It’s no surprise that the two vehicles have the same 2,651-millimeter wheelbase (104.3 inches).
The most straightforward way to describe these vehicles is to imagine a Fabia or Polo sedan that will be offered in more than 25 nations. Some may be disappointed to learn that neither of the two will be available in Europe to compete with the Dacia Logan, one of the final cheap small sedans on the market. On the Old Continent, Skoda sells the Rapid sedan, but it’s only accessible in Russia.
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The 2022 Virtus will be available in two flavours in India: Dynamic Line with the traditional 1.0 TSI engine and Performance Line with the larger 1.5-liter unit with cylinder deactivation technology. The three-pot engine produces 115 horsepower and 175 Newton-meters (129 pound-feet) of torque, while the four-cylinder engine produces 150 horsepower and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft). The Slavia, of course, has the same powertrains.
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If you go with the base engine, you may choose between a six-speed manual or a torque-convertor automatic with the same amount of ratios. At an extra expense, the larger of the two engines can be equipped with a clutch pedal or a seven-speed DSG. These arrangements can be found in the Kushaq and Taigun small crossovers.
A Virtus GT will be available as the top-of-the-line model, with all the bells and whistles, as well as red highlights and aluminium pedals to match the GTI variants. It has ventilated front seats, wireless smartphone charging, an eight-inch digital instrument display, and automated headlights, among other features. Automatic climate control, a sunroof, auto wipers and headlights are also included, as well as ambient lighting and an eight-speaker sound system.
VW India is currently taking preorders for the Virtus, which will be on sale in May.
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