Volkswagen Group’s India 2.0 strategy, through which it has enabled its sister concern, Skoda to lead the group’s plans in the Indian market has continuously been bringing in interesting developments. First, the news about the India 2.0 strategy itself was exciting and then there was a confirmation of launch of a pair of SUV twins, one from each brand.
The latest reports confirm that the next models after the SUVs will be two sedans, one each from Skoda and Volkswagen. In all likelihood, the cars in consideration are the next generation variants of the Skoda Rapid and the Volkswagen Vento which are now expected to make their Indian market debut in 2021.
It is to be noted that Vento’s successor, the Virtus has already been launched in the Brazilian market. The Virtus is relatively a more premium car and is considerably larger in dimensions when compared to the current Vento.
It is 100mm longer and has a larger width as well. Additionally, it has a longer wheel-base which translates into more space for the occupants in the car. In Brazil, the Virtus is powered by a 1.0 L TSI petrol motor which dishes out 115 hp and 200 Nm of torque.
VW is expected to locally produce this engine in India and later power other models which will be based on the MQB A0-IN platform with the same engine. The next generation Rapid will share the platform architecture with the Virtus but will have a distinctive front and rear design.
Considering the high localization levels and an intent from the German carmaker to clearly get a larger market share in the Indian market, expectations from the twins certainly go up, both in terms of quality and the value for money quotient.