This is the 2018 Volkswagen Virtus, which recently celebrated its global premiere in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Essentially the latest iteration of the Polo Sedan, or Vento as it is now known where we live, the Virtus shares a lot in common with the latest Polo Mk6.

Under the sedan-shaped bodywork, it uses the same MQB A0 modular platform that can also be found in the latest Seat Ibiza. However, the Virtus has a wheelbase measuring 2,650 mm, which is 86 mm longer compared to the Polo, and nearly exactly the same as the Jetta.

It is also longer than the hatchback (4,480 mm versus 4,053 mm) as well as a little taller (1,468 mm versus 1,446 mm), but the width is identical on both models (1,751 mm). Unsurprisingly, the sedan offers more boot space at 521 litres, easily more than the hatchback’s 351 litres.

For the Brazilian market – where the Virtus will first be introduced – two engines will be offered. The first is a 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 117hp and 162Nm of torque, while the other option is a 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder with 128hp and 200Nm of torque. The 1.6L engine is mated to a five-speed automatic, while the 1.0L turbo gets a six-speed automatic transmission.

Styling-wise, the car largely mimics the Polo’s fascia at the front, albeit with a tweaked bumper that further emphasises the fog lamp enclosures. Moving towards the rear, the increased length is plain for all to see, with longer rear doors and a gently-sloped rear window that ends on a slight lip. Viewing the car from the back, we see taillights that are reminiscent of those on the B9 Audi A4.

As for the interior, the design of the Virtus is virtually the same as the Polo in terms of layout. The instrument cluster features a 10.25-inch Active Info Display screen, and just beside it is a glass-encased, 8-inch centre infotainment system.

The Virtus is just one of 20 new models that Volkswagen plans to introduce in Brazil by 2020, of which 13 will be produced at its Brazilian plants. It remains to be seen if the Virtus will make its way to Malaysia, and if its name will be retained should it come here. For now, what do you think of the latest Polo Sedan?

É com muito orgulho que anunciamos o Virtus. O novo sedan da Volkswagen. Aguarde. #Virtus #vwbrasil

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