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Volkswagen Virtus out of wraps, will replace Vento

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Volkswagen Virtus, this is an all new sedan that has just been revealed. The Volkswagen Vento was launched in 2010 in India and has been getting upgrades since. The VW Virtus will be the next-generation sedan that will replace the Vento. Volkswagen has been working on the new MQB A0 platform, which will be spurring multiple new products. These will be the compact range of vehicles and one of them shall be the new Polo as well. Volkswagen’s Virtus will be the sedan that shall be launched on this new modular platform.

The ride and handling is expected to be better with the new platform and will add more flexibility. This platform will help the company in saving costs as well as it will spawn variety of vehicles from it. The MQB A0 is the derived version from the MQB. The MQB is used for manufacturing the Jetta, Tiguan, upcoming Skoda Yeti, Skoda Octavia and even the Skoda Superb. Some of the Audi products are also based on this platform. The new platform is also lighter, which means that the performance shall be enhanced and even the mileage. 

The current Vento is based on the PQ24 platform, which isn’t that that flexible. The MQB A0 platform will be beneficial as it will underpin many other vehicles of VW group. The only issue is that VW has just started working on developing and localising that platform in India. So, till then the company might even loose out on a good amount of market share. At the moment, the company should be looking at adding more products in its line-up that are more sales driven to let their channel partners also make money and the buyers to have the same faith in the company.

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The VW Virtus will first be launched in South American markets by this year end and we expect them to make it into the Indian car market by late 2018. This will make it as exciting product and will help them revive their current Vento, which is showing its age now.

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The new VW Virtus looks appealing. It has a premium look and is several notches up in terms of styling as compared to the Vento. The sedan is based on the same platform as the new Polo and is the Polo with a boot, of course with multiple changes. This time around as the Polo will be longer and have a bigger wheelbase, the Vento or the VW Virtus (whatever name it gets) will be more of a boot add-on. The wheelbase won’t be much different from the current Vento.

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There will be a clear differentiator in the design elements between the Polo and new Vento/ Virtus. The layout will be similar, but Virtus will be styled in a more premium fashion. The Vento now looks so different from the Polo, as it gets a grille similar to the Jetta than the Polo. Then other bits also have been changed on it, while the layout is the same. The same shall be applied on the new Vento as well. As this is based on the MQB A0 platform, which is lighter and is a lot more flexible. 

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There are reports that claim that the Volkswagen Virtus will have longer wheelbase than the new Polo. This will mean that the new Volkswagen Virtus could be bigger in size when compared to the current one. There is a difference in the front grille when we compare it to the new Polo. It is clearly visible in the images. There will be more knee room for rear passengers and there shall be rear AC vents, rear charging points and even an arm rest. At the same time, there shall be more than sufficient boot space, and a lot bigger than the current offering.

Also Read: Honda City 2017 | Maruti Ciaz 2017 | All-new Hyundai Verna 2017

Interiors

The VW Virtus has an all new set of interiors. It is clearly visible in the images. There is a large 8-inch touchscreen system. There is Android Auto and even Apple CarPlay. The instrument panel is an all new LCD and it is digital. At the same time, there are new AC vents and even climate control. If you look at the images that have been leaked, the interiors have a large touchscreen, underneath is the AC vents. The instrument cluster is LCD display and it has digital display for the speedometer and driver information system. The steering wheel is the same like the one on the current Polo and Vento.

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In terms of space, there shall be more on offer. The wheelbase is likely to be a tad longer than the current one. So, the new Polo and Virtus could have the same wheelbase. This will mean good amount of rear space especially the knee room.

Engine and Transmission

The powertrains will include 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre turbo petrol engines. This should churn about 100bhp of power and will be a replacement for the naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol. The 1.2-litre TSI might be discontinued for this new engine, as VW has already been testing this new engine. For the diesel engine, it will be the 1.5-litre diesel engines. There shall be a five-speed manual transmission and we hope India gets the 6-speed manual and for automatic, it will be a seven-speed option. The 1.6-litre petrol will be offered in India most likely. The diesel will be the 1.5-litre unit

VW Virtus Price in India

Variant Price (on-road)
Lowest ₹ 9 lakhs
Top model ₹ 17 lakhs

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The VW Virtus that is likely to come to India next year should be priced somewhere in the range of ₹ 8.5 lakhs to INR ₹ 17 lakhs (on-road). This is the ideal price for the Virtus if it can include a diesel automatic at this price point as this will be more affordable than the current Honda City. The new Virtus shall be priced more than the current Honda City as the German brand is looking at getting into the premium car segment above the Japanese automakers. Hence, it will be an uphill task for the company.

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  1. sagar

    November 21, 2017 at 10:05 am

    these european cars are meant for performance, superior road maners, dynamics. resale value of Mercedes/Audi is also not good. but these are not designed for that. for resale value choose MARUTI / Honda.

  2. navjeet

    July 8, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    it might be a good car but VW has no resale value in india.

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Maruti Swift RS likely to come in 2019

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Maruti Swift RS seems to be one of the major performance hatchbacks that will be making its way into the Indian car market. The Swift RS will be making its way into the Indian car market, but this will take some time. The Baleno RS is already here. At the same time, the new-generation Swift that will be manufactured shall be made in Indian Gujarat plant and should be exported to other countries. So, the Swift RS should also be manufactured in India and exported to other markets. This means, to introduce it in India, Maruti will not have to do anything extraordinary. There won’t much of investment either. So now to begin with, what will the Maruti Swift RS have on offer? What features will it get? What shall be its pricing? We will answer all your questions in this story. Read ahead to know more about it. (more…)

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New Honda Jazz 2018 launched: Prices start at ₹ 7.35 lakhs (Ex-showroom)

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We had revealed a year back that the Honda Jazz facelift will be launched by mid-2018. Honda has now quietly launched the new Jazz with a starting price of ₹ 7.35 lakhs. The new-generation Honda Jazz was launched in 2015 and will compete three years of launch this year. The updated version of the Jazz was launched in Thailand last year. Now it has come to India. Hence, as we predicted, the Honda Jazz 2018 is here. 

The new exterior styling elements include the signature rear LED wing light, chrome door handles and 2 new exterior colours.

The new Honda Jazz 2018 was not showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. As part of their multiple car onslaught in India, Honda will be upgrading its popular hatchback.Another reason for not displaying it at the Auto Expo was that this is a facelift. There will be no change to its design or mechanicals. It will get some tweaks in styling and addition of a few features, to make it better value. The new Jazz will get upgrades and one of them is the headlamp. There will projector lamps and even daytime running LEDs also.

There shall be some features on offer too, like sunroof, new touchscreen system and even HDMI input. The 1.2-litre petrol engine will continue on the Jazz and the other option is the 1.5-litre diesel. Petrol will be offered with a five-speed manual and CVT, while the diesel shall have 6-speed manual on offer. What all will the new Honda Jazz 2018 pack in? Read further to know more.
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Skoda Karoq SUV coming in 2018

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An all new SUV from the Czech car maker is the Skoda Karoq. The Karoq will be launched in India by the end of 2018. Skoda is currently getting the vehicle homologated. This SUV has also bee spied in India. The Karoq will come in as a replacement for the Yeti. Underpinned by the MQB platform, this SUV will share many components with the Volkswagen Tiguan. The Karoq is a new product which was unveiled in May this year. It is already selling in Europe and an India launch is in process. The Karoq will rival the Jeep Compass and the upcoming Nissan Kicks.

Skoda has been slow in launching SUVs, but now it seems they have planned an onslaught, first with the Kodiaq, which was recently launched and now the Karoq. This is good news for SUV buyers as they shall be spoilt for choices. The Jeep Compass has seen an unprecedented demand, which shows that customers are moving towards compact lifestyle SUVs. This is where the Skoda Karoq will fit in.

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New Renault Duster 2018 interior images revealed!

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Images of the 2018 Renault Duster have been leaked. This comes just after the Renault Duster 2018 was revealed. We have shared the images of the same earlier and this time we get to see what the interiors of the new Duster will look like. The Renault Duster is about to be updated. This workhorse from the French manufacturer has a big fan following in India. The Duster was quick to make a place in the hearts of customers soon after its launch in the Indian market. It has sold many numbers since. Customers have liked the practicality, utility, robustness and affordability that the Duster brought in. In many manners this vehicle was an example to other on building an affordable yet robust SUV. Lately however, the Duster sales have slowed down. Partially due to other rivals like the Creta coming up and also due to the advent of other compact SUVs like Ford Ecosport and Maruti Vitara Brezza. The other reason for the Renault Duster 2018 was the dated design of the current Duster that was beginning to show its age.

Renault has taken cognizance of that and will get the new version of this SUV which will be the Renault Duster 2018. The Duster 2018 will be a five-seater vehicle and there is also a seven-seater version planned. The seven-sear will be called Grand Duster most likely, however, there is no official confirmation yet.  For India, the Duster will continue to use the B0 platform that is the base of the current Duster. This will help the company save costs as the upcoming Renault Captur is also based on the same platform. The new Duster will get an upgraded diesel engine and also a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine shall do duty here. A better fuel efficiency is expected this time from the SUV, both in petrol and diesel versions.

This is Renault’s bid to gain back the market share it once enjoyed, when it kickstarted the small SUV segment. This has been Renault’s best seller in India, before the introduction of Kwid. How will the New Renault Duster 2018 be? Will it look contemporary? What features will it pack in? We get you a detailed preview of the same. Read on further.

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New Renault Duster 2017 unveiled! Images are out!

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An all new Renault Duster has been in the making (of course it will be called as Dacia Duster in Europe) and the official images have been released. This will be new Renault Duster 2017 global debut. An all new SUV based on an upgraded platform. There is a major change in the styling, appearance and the features list it offers. There will be an upgrade to the existing petrol and diesel engine line-up as well. Mr Hakim Boutehra, General Director of Renault Commercial Roumanie (RCR), stated that new Renault Duster 2017 will be a “Complete New” product.

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The exterior design will refreshed with new styling. There shall be projector headlamps and daytime running LEDs on higher variants. There will be airbags and ABS as a standard feature. Then there will be ESP as well as these features have been made mandatory by EuroNCAP. There should be an upgraded diesel engine and a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine shall also be in the offering. This will enhance the SUV’s performance and even mileage.
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Volkswagen has had a quiet time in the last very years as it hasn’t introduced nothing major that will boost its sales, except for the Ameo. Volkswagen is looking at enhancing its foot print in India and at the same time, the German brand wants to make products in India, which it will not just make for the Indian car market but also export it to other markets like South America. Volkswagen has been increasingly working on several new cars/UVs and some them are expensive, while there are many more that are affordable as well. It seems this will be the first time Volkswagen will have so many new cars coming to India. Read further to know more about Upcoming new Volkswagen cars in India in 2017-18. (more…)

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