Volkswagen could globally unveil its all-new compact sedan on February 2, 2016. The German automobile giant is most likely to name the product as 'Ameo'. General public will get to see the Ameo at the 2016 Auto Expo, which begins from February 5th.
The Ameo will use the Polo hatchback as a platform and could borrow a few design elements as well. Volkswagen will share several parts between Polo and Ameo in an attempt to keep cost in check. Importantly, the compact sedan will be within 4-metres, thus making the most of the excise benefit.
The German automobile manufacturer is most likely to provide a petrol and diesel engine in the Ameo. Under the hood will be a 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine and a 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine option. The compact sedan will be equipped with a manual transmission initially.
The Volkswagen Ameo will take on the popular compact sedan segment in India. Ameo will have to compete with the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire, Hyundai Xcent, and Tata Zest. Expect pricing for the new model by Volkswagen to start from Rs. 5 lakh ex-showroom.
Recently, Volkswagen India had confirmed to us that three new models will make their debut at 2016 Auto Expo. The Tiguan premium SUV, Passat GTE plug-in hybrid, and all-new compact sedan will be showcased by Volkswagen India. Stay tuned for more updates leading up to Auto Expo.