Volkswagen India has introduced new variants for the Virtus and the Taigun in the country. The German automaker has also announced the launch of the "GT Limited Collection" as a part of its effort to democratise its performance-based line-up. The higher-spec Virtus GT Plus, equipped with a 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine, is now available with manual transmission. Further, the Volkswagen Taigun SUV now comes in two new models: GT Plus MT and GT DSG. Additionally, all versions of the Virtus and the Taigun have received the new Lava Blue hue option. For our market, the automaker has also revealed a limited edition model lineup for its GT Edge Limited Collection. It will include Deep Black Pearl-finished Virtus GT Plus models. Aside from this, the GT Edge Limited Collection will also consist of GT Plus models in Deep Black Pearl and Carbon Steel Matte for the Taigun. Let's have a closer look at all the recent updates available with the new variants.
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Volkswagen Virtus, Taigun New Variants: What's New?
The automaker unveiled updated iterations of the Taigun SUV and the Virtus sedan at the 2023 annual brand conference. Both the sedan as well as the SUV get new versions, colour schemes, and more. As a part of the update, the Virtus GT has received a 6-speed manual transmission option and now will be called the Virtus GT Plus MT. The new variant will have a dual-tone exterior paint scheme, the GT front grille, 16-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers, and an electric sunroof. In terms of the interior, the new Virtus variant will sport several amenities, including a 10-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, ventilated front seats, and an 8-inch digital cockpit panel for the instruments.
The Taigun GT has also received a slew of updates. A 6-speed manual transmission option will be offered with the DSG automatic for the Taigun GT. It has also received a matte exterior treatment for 2023. In addition to the new matte appearance, the Taigun GT Plus manual transmission will also be offered in a Trail variant for customers who prefer the outdoors and want luggage equipment. At the conference, the German automaker also revealed the upcoming "Sport" and "Trail" versions of the Volkswagen Taigun SUV as a part of the "GT Limited collection."
In terms of variants, the Taigun range has expanded from seven to nine trims with this product lineup upgrade, while the Virtus portfolio now has seven trims instead of the prior six. Speaking of the powertrain, the 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, TSI EVO engine, which generates 145bhp and 250Nm, will be found in both the Virtus GT Plus and Taigun GT Plus.
Volkswagen Virtus, Taigun New Variants: What the company has to Say?
Sharing his views on the introduction of the new variants across the Taigun & Virtus carlines, Mr. Ashish Gupta, Brand Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, said, “At Volkswagen, accessibility and customer centricity is the focus of our brand. Taking customer feedback on board, we have democratized the GT badge by enhancing the variant offerings on our Performance Line. We have introduced three new variants, Virtus GT Plus manual, Taigun GT Plus manual, and Taigun GT DSG, giving our customers a host of variants to choose from.
He further added, ''Along with introducing the new Lava Blue colour across the Taigun and Virtus line-up, we have also introduced a marquee ‘GT Limited Collection’ which will comprise carlines with the GT Badge in limited volumes. The ‘GT Limited collection’ will comprise the Virtus GT Plus (DSG and Manual) in an exclusive ‘Deep Black Pearl’ finish and the Taigun GT Plus (DSG and Manual) in ‘Deep Black Pearl and ‘Carbon Steel Grey Matte finish. Market introductions of these new variants will commence from June 2023 onward.”
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Volkswagen Virtus, Taigun New Variants: Price & Launch Updates
Although price details have not yet been announced, it is likely that the manual versions will be slightly less expensive than the GT DSGS models. The carmaker has stated that these vehicles will launch at the start of June 2023 in the Indian market. Following requirements set forth by the government to increase occupants' safety, the seat belt reminder is now standard on the Taigun and Virtus models produced from April 1, 2023.
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