Volkswagen Ameo that made its debut in India at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, is expected to be launched in July. From May 12, 2016, the company commenced a 17-city roadshow for the vehicle from May 12, 2016 and started taking bookings for it.
The first sub-4 metre sedan from Volkswagen, the Ameo will be offered in two engine options - a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, MPFI petrol and a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder TDI diesel. While the petrol model, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, will develop 74bhp and 110Nm, the diesel motor (with a 7-Speed DSG Automatic) will produce 88bhp and 230Nm. Both these engines are the same that do duty in the VW Polo as well. Besides engines, the Ameo will also share its platform with its hatchback sibling.
In terms of design as well, the Volkswagen Ameo looks identical to the Polo as there is no difference between the two until the B-pillar. It's only the extended boot that makes the sub-compact sedan look different from the Polo hatchback. And like most of its rivals, the Ameo's rear too looks a compromised one to keep the length below sub-4 metre.
Similar to other VW cars in India, the Volkswagen Ameo tool will get front airbags and ABS (anti-lock braking system) as standard across all trims including the base one. The top-of-the-line variant will get features such as cruise control, rain-sensing wipers with static cornering, leather wrapped steering wheel & gear knob, touchscreen MirrorLink system, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, electrically-adjustable wing mirrors, alloy wheels and automatic wipers.
Though there is no official word on its pricing yet, we expect it to come in the range of Rs 5.50 lakh - Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).