Volkswagen, the German car giant is planning to build a new compact sedan specially for the Indian market. VW which has not been able to capture the small car market thanks to the slightly more expensive Polo is looking at the Up small car for solutions in the Indian market.
With the compact sedan market growing consistently, Volkswagen India is said to be of the opinion that it also needs one of its own models in the list soon to boost sales. The carmaker is said to have decided to develop the compact sedan based on the Up small car which it started selling in Europe.
The Volkswagen Up is the carmaker's smallest and cheapest car. It is available as a two door and a foor door variant in Europe and some other countries. There are plans to launch the Up in India too but it is yet unclear when Volkswagen will take the plunge in to the Indian small car segment.
According to reports, Volkswagen's compact sedan will be a sub four metre model. This is very much similar to other compact sedans being sold in India such as the Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Tata Indigo.
The up based compact sedan is expected to be powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine that has been code named as the ED 189. Volkswagen fans can rejoice about the new car's development, but there is a rider. This new Up based compact sedan will be developed in two to three years and it will be at least late 2015 before we can see a production ready model.
Volkswagen is looking to boost its presence across all segments. This new compact sedan along with other soon to be developed small cars will help the German carmaker have a firm hold in the market. VW's current model line-up includes the Polo, Vento, Jetta, Passat and Phaeton.