The Volkswagen Virtus Hinted To Go Up On Sale In May 2022

The Volkswagen Virtus

The Volkswagen Virtus made its way to India and speculations suggest that the car will go up on sale somewhere around May 2022. Virtus, the successor of Vento sedan launched in 2010, is the uplifted version of VW Virtus global model specifically built for India.

The Virtus is stunning from every angle. The most striking feature of the vehicle is its crisp and dynamic appearance. The grille and bumper are accented with elegant chrome, and the headlights are wrapped around the vehicle’s whole front end. When seen from the side, it becomes obvious that its silhouette, glasshouse and shoulder line are almost identical to those of Volkswagen’s other popular car, the Skoda Slavia. The rear of the redesigned Virtus is distinguished by the presence of wraparound taillights and a well-thought-out bumper design.

The Virtus 1.5’s top-of-the-line configuration will be referred to as the Virtus GT, comparable to the Taigun GT. The exterior of the Virtus GT is heavily accented with black trim, which helps it outshine the rest of the line-up.

Volkswagen has also given consumers a wide range of colour options for their new car: Rising Candy White, Blue Metallic, Carbon Steel Grey, Wild Cherry Red, Reflex Silver and Curcuma Yellow.

The Volkswagen Virtus Specifications

The Volkswagen Virtus is built on the same platform as the Skoda Slavia, so it’s no surprise that it has similar specifications. In terms of size, it’s one of the largest sedans in its segment with dimensions of 4,561mm in length, 1,752mm in width, 1,507mm in height, and a wheelbase of 2,651mm. It features a 521-litre boot.

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The Volkswagen Virtus’ interior design is contemporary and eerily similar to that of the Taigun: from its laminated dashboard befitted with an integrated 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system to Volkswagen’s new three-spoke steering wheel. The GT model has red accents on the dashboard, red stitching and aluminium pedals to add a sporty touch.

The Virtus cabin is well-equipped, with a standard 8-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless phone charger, and connected car features. An eight-speaker audio system, automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, ambient lighting, and a cooled glovebox are all included as standard. Automatic headlamps and wipers, a tyre pressure monitor, six airbags, electronic stability control, hill-hold control, and five adjustable headrests are all included as standard.

What’s Under The Bonnet Of The Volkswagen Virtus?

The new Virtus comes with two turbo petrol engine choices: a 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI that produces 150hp and 250Nm (Performance Line models only) and a one-litre three-cylinder engine that produces 115hp and 175Nm (DynamicLine models). A 6-speed manual transmission is included as standard with both engines. A torque converter with 6 or 7 speeds for the 1.0 TSI and a dual-clutch transmission with 7 or 8 speeds for the 1.5 TSI are available options

While Volkswagen may have missed the mark by releasing a midsize sedan, according to Jato Dynamics, it did so at a time when SUVs are becoming more popular. The German automaker introduced the sedan when SUVs had 38 per cent of the Indian auto market by 2021. In the previous three years, more than 22 new SUVs have been introduced in the country.

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In an interview with BloombergQuint, Ashish Gupta, brand director at Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, “When seen from an Indian viewpoint, the sedan body type accounts for 12-14 per cent of the whole market.” “There is a market,” he said. “In addition, the luxury mid-size car sector, into which we are introducing the Virtus, has been devoid of variety and options for buyers.”

It’s predicted that Volkswagen will introduce the redesigned Virtus in the coming months. As soon as it goes on sale, it will face up against its sib, the Skoda Slavia, and the rest of the midsize sedan class, which includes the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.

Skoda Slavia Makes Its Way To India, Pricing Starts At 10L, Check Car Specifications

skoda slavia

After months of anticipation, the Czech carmaker has finally launched the Skoda Slavia sedan in India. Only the 1.0 TSI-powered models have been announced so far, with pricing starting at Rs 10.69 lakh and rising to Rs 15.39 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the top-spec model. Prices for the other versions will be announced later. According to the company, the cost of the more powerful 1.5 TSI variant will be disclosed on March 3. According to the company, Skoda has also revealed that test drives and delivery of the Slavia 1.0 TSI will begin as early as today.

According to the company, the exterior design is similar to that of other Skoda sedans but with an improved proportionality that creates a more sleek and elegant look. The chrome touches are still there, which should appeal to consumers looking for a little more shine. The interior is incredibly comfortable and spacious, with roomy legroom for rear passengers and ample headroom for taller people. And don’t worry about getting too hot or cold—the climate control system keeps the cabin at a comfortable temperature no matter what the weather outside is like.

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Skoda Slavia Specifications

One of the most exciting new entries into India’s compact sedan segment is the new Skoda Slavia, which measures 4,541mm in length, 1,752mm in width, 1,487mm in height, and features a 2,651mm wheelbase. The new ŠKODA Slavia, when it comes down to size, is much bigger than the Rapid it replaces. Thanks to the usage of the Volkswagen Group’s localised MQB-A0-IN platform. The Slavia is one of the most significant models in its sector.

A layered dashboard, free-standing 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument cluster and a dual-tone beige and black interior theme are standard features on the top-spec Slavia trim. Giving the cabin an immaculate and elegant appearance are these elements.

The interiors are spacious and fitted with high-quality materials. The infotainment system has been optimised for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and can be operated via touch screen or by using the voice control function. Connected car technology, automatic climate control, ventilated front seats with leatherette upholstery, and a sunroof with a wireless charger are other features available on the fully equipped Style trim. THIS MODEL ALSO OPENS rear AC vents and an armrest in the middle of the back seat.

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It also has a slew of safety features, including six airbags, an electronic stability control (ESC), an electronic differential system (EDS), and a tyre pressure monitor.

Skoda Slavia Engine Options

Skoda will offer the Slavia with a choice of two turbo-petrol engines, one being a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI engine with 115 horsepower and 175 Newton metres of torque that can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a torque converter automatic transmission. The other engine is a naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 121 horsepower and 145 Newton-meters of torque.

The manual version of the 1.0 TSI engine achieves 19.47 kilometres per gallon, and the automated version reaches 18.07 kilometres per gallon. The naturally aspirated petrol engine delivers claimed fuel efficiency of 17.8 kilometres per gallon with a 6-speed manual transmission and 18.4 kilometres per gallon with the CVT automatic transmission.

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The vehicle comes standard with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 110 horsepower and a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission, depending on the model year. The Skoda Slavia also competes against other budget-friendly vehicles such as the Honda City, the Hyundai Verna, and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.

The New Maruti Suzuki Baleno Can Be Yours At Just Rs 11,000, Launching On February 23, 2022

The new Maruti Suzuki Baleno

The new Maruti Suzuki Baleno premium hatchback was launched in India across various Nexa dealerships or outlets. The new Maruti Suzuki Baleno booking price starts at Rs 11,000, and buyers can book the hatchback from now onwards. Interested buyers can also book the car online (Nexa website).

The new Maruti Suzuki Baleno will be launched around February 23, 2022, and is currently in production in the Gujarat plant. The new Baleno will get a revised design compared to its predecessor, and it is expected to be launched around February 23, 2022. The new Baleno will bring a host of safety features and a new infotainment system, highlighting the hatchback. The company has not revealed any details about the hatchback variants so far.

Changes In The New Maruti Suzuki Baleno

The Indian market has seen the launch of many hatchbacks and subcompact sedans in the last few years. However, the premium hatchback segment has been limited to one player: Maruti Suzuki. However, that’s about to change with the upcoming 2022 Baleno, which will bring a new set of competitors to the market. The most recent leak of the car’s design sketches shows how it will differ significantly from its predecessor. Almost all body panels have been redesigned, and the front and rear fenders are larger than before. The new Maruti Suzuki Baleno gets L-shaped wraparound headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and projector set-up depending on variant. The hood seems flatter, and the newly grille sports a smiley look. The front and rear fenders appear to accommodate new-look head and tail lamps, but it looks like a significant departure from its predecessor when viewed from the sides. The new Baleno sports a new tailgate design at the back with L-shaped tail lamps that seem to extend to the tailgate.

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The new Maruti Suzuki Baleno will be a significant upgrade from the outgoing model. In addition to a sleek, modern exterior design, the new car will feature a redesigned dashboard and an upgraded infotainment system. The dashboard will feature a free-standing infotainment screen in the centre of the dash, as opposed to the older dashboard’s attached screen. This screen will feature wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and other features. The top models will get a heads up display unit, or HUD, for additional safety and convenience. To keep occupants safe in case of impact, all models will come with up to 6 airbags, including driver and passenger airbags and curtain bags for both rows. That means both rows will have their own set of bags for each occupant’s protection in case of an accident. Higher trim levels could also come with Electronic Stability Program (ESP).

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The new Maruti Suzuki Baleno is expected to receive a mild hybrid system introduced with the Ignis last year. This will be a combination of a petrol engine and an electric motor. The car is likely to be powered by two 1.2-litre petrol engines – one producing 83hp and another producing 90hp. It will also be available as a full-hybrid model.

The new Maruti Suzuki Baleno is expected to offer only a manual gearbox option. Still, there are rumours about an AMT unit being offered in the top-end variant. There are also speculations about Maruti offering a turbocharged petrol engine on the Baleno in the future, but we don’t expect it to be introduced with this update.

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Kia Carnes MPV Launched In India, Available For Pre-booking At An Upfront Price Of Rs 25,000

kia carnes

South Korean carmaker Kia has introduced the Kia Carnes model in India. The car has got the face look of Kia Seltos. It is considered the extended version of the vehicle, which has become a popular car in the Super Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment. Online booking of Kia Carnes started on 14 January with an upfront amount of Rs 25,000. Offline booking for the car is also available at Kia dealership outlets.

Kia will manufacture Carnes in India for locally selling in India and exporting to the other countries. Kia Carnes, the multi-purpose vehicle, comes in a three-row seating arrangement. Carnes has probably the most extensive wheelbase in the MPV segment. Carnes is 4,540 mm in length, 1,700mm in height and 1,800 mm in width. Under the bonnet, the car will house an engine in three variants – a 1.5-litre petrol engine, a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Kia has used the machine of the same capacity in the Kia Seltos SUV.

All of the Carnes engines are provided with a 6-speed manual transmission. However, petrol engines do not have automatic transmissions. A 6-speed torque converter is available as an upgrade in the top-of-the-line diesel engine, while a 7-speed dual clutched automatic is available in the top-of-the-line turbo-petrol.

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Kia Carnes Specifications

The Kia Carnes comes loaded with a plethora of luxurious features. There are 66 connected features as per the company’s claim, along with safety features, which comes as default in all the variants of Carnes. The safety features include electronic stability control, hill driving assistance and six airbags.

The car has a refined interior finish that augments the beauty of the car cabin. There is a 10.25-inch touch display mounted on the dashboard. The interior of the Kia Carnes also includes ambient colour lighting with 64 variations, 7.5-inch display resting in the instrument cluster. Additional facilities available in the car are an air purifier, sunroof, leatherette upholstery and engine remote start.

Kia Carnes is equipped with ventilated front seats, one-touch motorised tumble seats in the middle row, and a collapsible table fitted to the front back of the seat, among many other features. Although it is mainly a seven-seater, the top-of-the-line model offers the option of captain chairs for the middle row.

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Kia Carnes Variants and Color Options

Carnes is available in five variants: Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury and Luxury Plus. At the same time, the eight colour options available for Kia Carnes are Moss Brown, Intense Red, Gravity Grey, Sparkling Silver, Aurora Black Pearl, Glacier White Pearl, Clear White and Imperial Blue.

Kia Carnes Price In India

The price of the Kia Carnes is not made public by the company. The speculated prices of Carnes starts from Rs 14.5 Lakh in India. At the same time, the ex-showroom price of the upcoming cargo is up to Rs 19 lakh.

With the launch of Kia Carens in India, we want to bridge a void in the market for 3-row family transport vehicles by providing a car suited to the evolving demands of large Indian families. Tae-Jin Park, MD and CEO of Kia India, expressed his confidence in Carens, which has been developed to comfort commuters via pragmatic and handy amenities. “We are convinced that Carens will deliver a different travel feel to commuters,” said Park.

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Facelifted 2022 Audi Q7 Production Within India Started, See Car Features and Launch Date

facelifted 2022 audi q7

Audi India has announced that it had started the local production of its 2022 Audi Q7 at the SAVWIPL (Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited) plant situated in the Aurangabad city of Maharashtra. Audi is resuming the production of the 2022 facelifted Audi Q7 after it discontinued the previous variant of Q7 in April 2021, given the changed pollution control regulations and the implementation of BSVI norms.

2022 variant of Audi Q7 is expected to be available on sale anytime in the first month of 2022. The upcoming variant of Audi A7 will be only available in the petrol version, while the discontinued in April Audi Q7 was available in both petrol and diesel options. Audi, a German car manufacturing company, has been advocating electric vehicles to curb pollution since last year. However, Audi chose to retain the traditional form of fuel – crude oil.

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2022 Audi Q7 ranks second on the company’s SUV (Super Utility Vehicle) lineup after Audi Q8, which entitles the first position. Audi Q8 was launched in January 2020 at the starting price of Rs 98.98 Lakh. The top model of Audi Q8 called RS Q8 is priced at Rs 2.08 Crore and comes with Turbo Petrol Engine.

Facelifted 2022 Audi Q7 will be produced in Aurangabad and the newly launched Audi Q5. According to Audi India, Audi Q5, starting at Rs 58.95 Lakh, accounted for 45 percent of India’s sales. Audi has yet to disclose the official launch date for the 2022 facelifted model of Q7.

2022 Audi Q7 Front Fascia

Facelifted 2022 Audi Q7 Features

The upcoming 2022 Audi Q7 will inherit the dimensions from its predecessor model discontinued in April 2020. The new variant of Q7 will have imposing dimensions of 5,063mm in length x 1,970mm in width x 1,741mm in height. The wheelbase of the upcoming Audi Q7, which is 2,995mm, will also be matched to that of the previous model of the car.

Audi Q7 has a new front fascia that includes an updated front grille with six vertical slates that allow a bigger space for air to pass in, MATRIX LED headlamps, and a new alloy wheel slightly lifted towards the ring. The backlights of the Audi Q7 also seem to be redesigned and houses patchy inserts. Also, the chrome finish on the window and a chrome line on the door are some of this SUV’s exterior features.

Interior Of Facelifted 2022 Audi Q7

2022 Audi Q7 Interior

The upcoming Q7 will boast a 10.1-inch screen touch infotainment system, 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster, and dedicated 8.6-inch touch screen display for four weather control. Additionally, the seats of the Audi Q7 come with leather and have a memory function to save different seat settings. The cabin has ambient lighting and a panoramic sunroof.

The Q7 will follow Audi’s policy of only offering gasoline engines in India, and it will only be provided with a petrol engine. 2022 facelifted Audi Q7 will be driven by a 3.0-liter TFSI engine with 335 horsepower and 500 Newton-meters of torque. A basic all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox are among the possible transmission choices. The upcoming Audi Q7 will have a rivalry with Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X7, and Volvo XC90.