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The Volkswagen Vento India Lineup has Shrunk in Preparation for The Virtus Launch

Dealers are left with unsold Vento 2021 stock; most outlets only have the Vento Matte Edition for sale.

The Volkswagen Vento sedan, which has been the company’s sole midsize sedan offering for the past decade, is being phased out. The company has now reduced the Vento range to just three variants before its replacement arrives in a few months.

  • Vento now available in just one manual, two automatic TSI variants 
  • Matte paint option still available at most outlets 
  • Vento replacement to be launched in May 2022

In March, Volkswagen India will unveil the all-new Virtus, the successor to the Vento, and it is expected to hit showrooms in May 2022. As a result, the company has begun to phase out the Vento midsize sedan, which is approaching its end of life.

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The Volkswagen Vento India Lineup has Shrunk in Preparation for The Virtus Launch
The Volkswagen Vento India Lineup has Shrunk in Preparation for The Virtus Launch

The Vento with the BS6 1.0-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine was last updated in March 2020, and the manual was priced between Rs 8.86 lakh and Rs 11.99 lakh in Trendline, Comfortline, Highline, and Highline Plus variants, while the automatic was priced between Rs 12.09 lakh and Rs 13.29 lakh in the Highline and Highline Plus variants. The company has reduced the manual range to just the Highline, which costs Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom, India), while the automatic range has been expanded to include the Highline and Highline Plus, which cost Rs 13 lakh and Rs 14.44 lakh, respectively.

Despite the fact that the official website lists four body paint options, availability varies by dealer. The automatic variants are still available with an optional factory matte paint for a premium of Rs 36,000 over the Highline AT and Highline Plus AT variants for buyers who want to stand out. We’ve been told that there are no Vento 2022 stocks available anywhere. In the year 2021, all unsold stocks are built.

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The Volkswagen Vento India Lineup has Shrunk in Preparation for The Virtus Launch
The Volkswagen Vento India Lineup has Shrunk in Preparation for The Virtus Launch

Waiting times for the Vento and Polo have been increasing since September 2021, as reported in our previous article, as a result of making room for the Virtus and prioritising production in favour of the recently launched Taigun midsize SUV. And, by limiting the Vento’s variants, the company will be in a better position to clear stocks before the model is phased out. Depending on remaining inventory, a few dealers we spoke with are offering discounts on the Vento ranging from Rs 75,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh.

Despite stiff competition from the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, and a slew of compact and midsize SUVs, the Vento has held steady sales thanks to periodic updates in the form of minor makeovers, special editions, and new feature additions over the course of its 12-year journey. The Vento has been available with a variety of engine and transmission options over the years, but the current one is the best petrol iteration to date; the 1.0-litre TSI is a globally acclaimed three-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine that also powers the Taigun midsize SUV and will also power the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus midsize sedan. The Vento’s 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic will also do the job in its place.

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