First sub-4m sedan from Volkswagen India.
According to Zigwheel's sources, the VW Ameo is expected to launch in the country in June 2016. If the report is true, it appears that the launch date has been advanced, since VW executives had confirmed that it will arrive in showrooms from early-H2 2016.
The Ameo is VW's first ever sub-4m sedan developed to tap into the growing demand for compact sedans. It is based on the PQ25 platform that underpins the VW Polo hatchback. The exterior is largely similar to the Polo, save for the boot and taillamps.
Inside, the compact sedan gets a dual tone black and beige interior, silver trim on the centre console, multifunction 3-spoke steering wheel and a 6.5 inch touchscreen infotainment system in top-end grades.
VW will offer an updated version of the 1.5-liter TDI diesel engine and the 1.2-liter three-cylinder MPI petrol engine. While the diesel engine will be mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG gearbox, the petrol engine is available with a 5-speed manual box.
Rivals: Maruti Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Ford Figo Aspire, Tata Zest
Expected Price: INR 5-8.5 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Release date: June 2016