Volkswagen India has commenced production of its new mid-size sedan, the Vertus. The new car will be manufactured at the company’s Chakan plant in Pune. The Volkswagen Vertus has been launched under the India 2.0 project and is developed on the MQB AO In platform with up to 95% localization levels. The same platform is used for the koda Slavia, koda Kushak and Volkswagen Taigun.
The Vertus competes with some of the best selling sedans in the country. It falls in the same segment as Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Skoda Slavia has also recently entered the same segment. The new Vertus is the longest car (4,561 mm) in the premium midsize segment. Its boot space is 521 liters.
Pre-bookings for the Volkswagen Vertus have started across 151 sales touchpoints in India and can also be started through the online booking platform on the Volkswagen India website. The Vertus sedan comes in Wild Cherry Red, Carbon Steel Grey, Reflex Silver, Curcuma Yellow, Candy White and Rising Blue colours.
The new sedan is powered by the same engine as the koda Slavia and even the Kushak and Taigun. The new Vertus will be available in 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine with Active Cylinder Management Technology (ACT) and 1.0-litre TSI engine, both engines will be equipped with idle start/stop and will be mated to a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic Will be connected. Torque converter and 7-speed DSG transmission option.
Commenting on the announcement, Piyush Arora, Managing Director, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. said, “With the commencement of production of the New Vertus at our Chakan facility in Pune, we have successfully fulfilled our commitment to launch two new products under the India 2.0 project based on the MQB A0 IN platform for the market under the Volkswagen brand. The development of Carline is a joint effort of our global and Indian teams, who have worked dedicatedly to maintain the brand’s global manufacturing standards while maintaining localization levels of up to 95%. The result has been the positive, luxurious and German-engineered New Vertus that will redefine the premium midsize sedan segment in India.
“The new Volkswagen Vertus is a unique offering that brings innovation and excitement to the premium midsize sedan segment. The overwhelming response received at the world premiere has boosted our confidence. The New Vertus has been built to perfection for the aspiring Indian customers and with the commencement of production, we are looking forward to introduce the striking, exhilarating and German-engineered sedan to the Indian market at the earliest.” Ashish Gupta, Brand Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said.
First appeared on BGR India after Volkswagen started production of the Vertus mid-size sedan in India.