Volkswagen is preparing for the premiere of its own version of the Skoda Slavia, a budget sedan introduced in November last year. The novelty under the Volkswagen nameplate will debut on March 8 and, judging by the teasers, will be an updated version of the Virtus model, which has been on sale in South America since 2018. After the premiere, it will enter the assembly line in India, where it will replace the obsolete Vento, and then appear in other world markets. In the meantime, you can consider the sedan on the teasers.
Outside, the restyled Virtus can be recognized by the new optics with LED “boomerangs” and a raised front end. The bumper has grown larger and received enlarged air intakes, which, however, may indicate a sports modification of the GTS. The sides and back are not included in the pictures, but it is likely that there are not many changes there.
In the interior of an inexpensive sedan, a digital dashboard and a “multimedia” with a 10-inch screen may appear – but, as is the case with the Skoda Slavia, such a kit is likely for the top version. The basic version can get an analog “tidy” and a seven-inch display of the media system.
Slavia, which is based on the same MQB-A0-IN architecture, Virtus will also borrow a line of engines. It includes a liter “troika” with a capacity of 115 forces and 1.5 TSI, which produces 150 forces. The first is combined with a six-speed “mechanics” or automatic, and more powerful – with a manual or seven-band “robot”.
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