Jose Altoveros / Volkswagen | November 20, 2017 11:21
2018 Volkswagen Virtus debuts in South America
Earlier this year, Volkswagen debuted the 2018 Polo hatchback which was larger, sleeker and packed with new technology as comapred to its predecessor. Now, the German automaker has revealed the sedan version of the Mk6 Polo hatchback called the Virtus in Sau Paolo, Brazil as part of their latest strategy. The new B-segment sedan is expected to go up against other vehicles in the segment once deliveries commence in January 2018.
As the Virtus is essentially a Polo sedan, it shares numerous similarties to its hatchback counterpart. To start, both vehicles use the same MQB-A0 platform allowing both vehicles to share multiple components such as engines, drivetrain and suspension. The Virtus is however longer than the Polo, providing more interior space.
In Brazil, the Virtus 200 TSI version will be offered with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine which produces 128 PS on ethanol and 115 PS on gasoline. Max torque is rated at 200 Nm on either ethanol or gasoline. This allows the sedan to do a claimed 0-100km/h in 9.9 seconds with a top speed of 194 km/h on ethanol. Other engine options have yet to be announced but to expect Polo engine options to be made available.
Styling-wise, the Virtus remains nearly identical to the Mk6 Polo hatchback especially the front fascia with only some minor tweaks with the fog light enclosure. Moving to the back, one can see its slightly longer rear doors coupled with a trunk and a sloping rear window instead of a hatch.
Inside, the design and instrumentaion of the Virtus remains the same as the Polo. There is the 10.25-inch Active Info Display screen with an 8-inch infotainment system beside it.
Volkswagen will first offer the Polo-based Virtus sedan in South America beginning January of next year. It remains to be seen whether the Virtus will also be offered in other markets, including the Philippines.