Volkswagen Ameo, the German carmaker’s first ever sub-4 metre sedan, made its global debut in India today ahead of its premier at the Auto Expo 2016. Besides the Ameo, the company plans to launch three more products in the next 15 months – new Passat, Polo GTi and Tiguan – all of which are expected to be showcased at the Expo as well. Set to be launched in the second half of this year, Volkswagen Ameo is claimed to combine the brand values of ”best-in-class build quality, safety features and superb driving experience”.
Based on the Polo platform, the Volkswagen Ameo sub-compact sedan looks more or less similar to the former at least till the C pillar. It’s only the extended boot that differentiate the two products. The vehicle’s cabin too is heavily inspired by the premium hatchback. To be launched later this year, the Volkswagen Ameo will compete against some of the most capable products in the country including Maruti Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze and Ford Figo Aspire. Similar to the Vento and the Polo hatchback, production of this compact sedan will take place at the manufacturer’s Chakan plant, near Pune.
The Volkswagen Ameo also shares its engines with the Polo hatchback i.e. a 1.2-litre MPI petrol and the 1.5-litre TDI. While the 1.2-litre petrol unit churns out 74bhp and 110Nm, the diesel unit is good for 89bhp and 230Nm. Both the engines will get 5-speed manual gearbox as a standard offering. There will be a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission-equipped version as well on offer.
Coming to design, the Volkswagen Ameo features the grille and headlamps identical to the Polo hatchback. The interior too looks similar with black and beige dual-tone dashboard. Besides regular features, the Ameo also gets some first-in-class features such as cruise control and rain-sensing wiper.
Volkswagen Ameo Key Features
– Cruise control
– Rain-sensing wiper
– Dual airbags standard across all trims
– Anti-lock braking system (ABS) standard across all trims
– Touchscreen multimedia music system with Mirror Link, i-Pod connecitivity,
– Automatic climate control
– Cooled glove box
– Auto dimming IRVM
– Tilt & telescopic steering wheel
– Multi-function 3-spoke steering wheel
– Alloy wheels
– Rear AC vents
Volkswagen Ameo Specifications
Engine – 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, MPI
Max power – 74bhp
Max torque – 110Nm
Engine – 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder TDI
Max power – 89bhp
Max torque – 230Nm
Volkswagen Ameo launch – Second half of 2016