This will be the last mechanical update for Volkswagen’s midsize sedan in India. New colours, editions to keep the line-up fresh.
What can be a greater joy for the enthusiasts, Volkswagen has announced that it will soon launch a new manual variant of the Virtus 1.5 TSI. So far, on the 1.5 TSI engine virtue The GT Plus trim was only available with a 7-speed DSG gearbox. Importantly, the manual gearbox with the 1.5 TSI engine will also lower the entry point of this more powerful engine.
- Volkswagen Virtus To Get New 1.5 TSI MT Variant
- Likely to be offered with the high-spec trims only
- Price announcement expected in June 2023
New Volkswagen Virtus 1.5 TSI MT Edition Coming
The 150hp, 250Nm, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol with manual gearbox on the Virtus will be the same 6-speed unit offered with the Slavia, Kushak And Taigun, In fact, the Virtus was the only India 2.0 model not offered with a manual gearbox with the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine. It was also a significant difference from its sibling and rival, the Skoda Slavia,
The inclusion of this new variant may be in response to Hyundai is launching new verna 160hp, turbo-petrol engine with both manual and automatic gearboxes. Until now, Volkswagen and Skoda were pretty much unrivaled in the midsize sedan segment in catering to enthusiasts, and the move could be against new competition.
Volkswagen will offer the Virtus 1.5 TSI MT only on the top-spec GT Plus trim, and the GT Line treatment – including GT badges and blacked-out alloys – will be carried over to the new manual versions as well.
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Volkswagen Virtus 1.5 TSI MT Expected Price
The 1.5 TSI engine on the Virtus is currently available only in a single, top-spec trim with a 7-speed DSG gearbox and costs Rs 18.57 lakh. Expect the manual version to be significantly more affordable. However, Skoda will still have a competitive advantage here as it offers the same 1.5-litre Turbo MT powertrain in the mid-spec trim, thereby bringing down the entry price.
For reference, the manual variant of the Slavia 1.5 TSI in its top-spec Style trim costs ₹ 17 lakh, ex-showroom, so the manual variant of the Virtus 1.5 TSI could also be priced in the same ballpark. Volkswagen has said that prices for the all-new variants will be announced in June 2023 and deliveries could start soon thereafter.
New colours, special editions keep the Volkswagen Virtus fresh
Volkswagen will also introduce a new ‘GT Edge Limited Collection’ of the Virtus GT Plus in both manual and automatic versions. Limited in volume, the special edition models will get an exclusive ‘Deep Black Pearl’ finish. All variants of the Volkswagen Virtus will also get a new ‘Lava Blue’ paint shade – a popular shade on many Skoda models and was also recently introduced On Slavia and Kushak.
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