The past three months volkswagan may not have been in the limelight for all the right reasons, but now, the German giant appears to be slowly but surely getting its act together, at least in India And it starts with the unveiling of the all-new compact sedan, the Ameo.
The Ameo is VW’s first ever sub-four meter compact sedan that’s made-in-India and specifically made-for-India. The Ameo’s face bares much resemblance to the existing members of the VW cars out here, with reworked bumpers at both ends and restyled tail lamps giving the Ameo its identity. Simply put, the Ameo is a refreshed Polo with a slightly bigger boot. Or like a Vento that’s been strategically rear-ended.
It’s based on the Polo platform and houses the same engine options of a four-cylinder, 1.5-litre TDI diesel that churns out 88bhp and 230Nm and a three-pot 1.2-litre MPI petrol motor that’s good for 74bhp and 110Nm. Both engines will be mated to a five-speed manual transmission, with the diesel getting the option of VW’s heavenly 7-speed DSG.
The Ameo gets a good dose of first in its segment features like cruise control, rain sensing wipers, auto dimming mirrors, and a touch infotainment screen. VW is also offering ABS and dual airbags as standard on all variants. Although VW have been tight lipped on the Ameo’s pricing, the car is expected to sit between the Polo hatchback and the Vento sedan at Rs.5.5 lakh.
The Ameo will be one of four new cars at the Volkswagen pavilion at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo, taking the stand alongside the Tiguan compact SUV, Passat GTE hybrid estate and the pacey Polo GTI.