We have a new Polo in Europe, so Volkswagen did the conversion fast for the South American market – which is getting its more enticing version in the form of the new 2018 VW Virtus early next year.
It’s easy to see the Virtus as the sedan version of the Polo hatchback, because not only the two resemble in terms of design, but they also sport the exact same architecture. The new Virtus has been scheduled for the worldwide debut in front of the audience in Brazil, and will reach dealerships across South America in January next in a bid to compete with the Chevrolet Prisma, the successful Honda City, as well as upcoming new entries, namely the Fiat Cronos and Toyota Yaris Sedan. The Polo reference means the underlying platform is the MQB-A0, meaning it will share most of the components as well – from suspension to engines and transmissions.
Volkswagen’s debut Virtus model is the 200 TSI version, which is a bit misleading because it comes with a 1.0 TSI three-cylinder turbo engine that has just 128 horsepower (95 kilowatts) with ethanol, and 115 hp (85 kW) with gasoline at 5,500 rpm, while the maximum torque stands at 147 pound-feet (200 Newton-meters) of torque, with gasoline or ethanol, from 2,000 to 3,500 rpm. The little sedan is then capable of reaching 62 mph (100 kph) in 9.9 seconds, and a maximum speed of 120 mph (194 kph) on ethanol. At the front the Virtus and Polo share the same fascia, complete with the alterations made specifically for the South American market, while at the back it makes a statement by adopting the new visual identity of the brand. The Virtus differs from the Polo in terms of interior space, as it comes with a wheelbase of 8.69 feet (2.65 meters), 8.5 centimeters longer than the latter.