German carmaker Volkswagen is planning to bring in the next-generation Volkswagen Vento sedan in the Indian market. The Vento replacement is likely to come with the MQB-A0-IN chassis which is a highly localised version of the MQB-A0 platform. The brand is now seen testing the Volkswagen Virtus sedan in the left-hand-drive version sold in the South American market. The test mule of the Virtus sedan seen testing in the outskirts of Mumbai is in its LHD version and could be undergoing component testing. The same car was also seen testing in Pune in the recent past.
While the Volkswagen Virtus replaces the Vento in the international market, the same may not be the case in the Indian market, but Volkswagen could use the MQB-A0-IN platform the Indian version of the MQB-A0 platform that underpins the Virtus sedan. The same platform will also underpin the Volkswagen Taigun. The Volkswagen Virtus measures 4480 mm in length and 2650 mm of the wheelbase. But the next-generation Vento is likely to share the components from the Virtus sedan.
The Volkswagen Virtus on the outside features sleeker headlamps which appear similar to the latest-generation Volkswagen Polo sold in the international market. clean and straight lines on its sides, typical of Volkswagen design, wraparound rear tail lamps. On the inside, the Virtus comes with a multilayered dashboard, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a fully digital instruments cluster, steering mounted controls, automatic climate control system, keyless entry and go, reverse camera and a plethora of other safety features.
Powering the next-generation Vento is likely to be the same Euro5/BS6 compliant 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that makes 110 Ps of power. Volkswagen is likely to carry forward the recently upgraded TSI-power engine on the next-generation car. The brand is likely to offer both a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox with the turbo-petrol engine.
The new-generation Vento is likely to follow the Volkswagen Taigun compact SUV which is will make its market debut soon in India.