March 23, 2023

Exclusive: Volkswagen India’s new sedan launch, unveil timeline revealed! GT variant confirmed – Times of India

Volkswagen India has been working on a new sedan based on the MQB A0 IN platform for some time now and details of the car have been trickling in over the last few months. Now though, we have exclusive updates regarding the unveil and launch timeline of the car along with some variant details. In an exclusive interaction with TOI Auto, Ashish Gupta, Brand Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, said that the new sedan will be unveiled at a world premiere event in the first week of March 2022. This will be the first world premiere for any Volkswagen sedan from India.
Following the unveiling, the car will be officially launched in the third week of May 2022, with deliveries starting on the same day. When asked about the long gap between the unveiling and launch dates, Ashish said that the company wants to ensure they have an adequate stock in place, especially considering the ongoing global semiconductor shortage. Although the car is often referred to as the Volkswagen Virtus, this name hasn’t been confirmed by the company yet.
New Volkswagen Sedan GT variant confirmed
Ashish also told us that keeping the famed Volkswagen driving dynamics and the demand of enthusiasts, the new sedan will be offered in a GT variant from the first day of launch. While he did not disclose exact details, we expect the GT variant of the sedan to sport changes similar to the Taigun GT in comparison to the standard variants. These could include a slightly more dynamic suspension setup, sportier styling, added features, new colours and the unmistakable GT badge.

Under the hood, the new Volkswagen sedan is expected to offer a choice between two petrol engines, similar to the Taigun. These would include a 1.0 L turbo petrol unit and a 1.5 L turbo unit with 115 and 150 ps pf power, respectively. Both engines are expected to be offered with manual and AT gearboxes with the 1.5 L engine being paired to a DSG gearbox. Unsurprisingly, the new Volkswagen sedan in India will not be offered with a diesel engine as the brand distances itself from oil-burners.
The new Volkswagen sedan is the sibling of Skoda Slavia, which is based on the same MQB A0 IN platform and is scheduled for a launch sometime in March. That said, just like the Kushaq and Taigun SUVs are quite different on multiple fronts despite being based on the same platform the two sedans too are expected to have their share of unique offerings. More information on the new Volkswagen sedan for India is expected to be disclosed closer to the unveiling and launch events.

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