Volkswagen Ameo sub-compact sedan today officially made its debut in India. It is the first sub-4 meter sedan to be launched by Volkswagen. The biggest highlight of the car is that Volkswagen has designed the car for the Indian market and will be manufactured here in the company’s Chankan plant.
Volkswagen Ameo is the first German car that has been specifically designed for the Indian car market and is likely to have the highest percentage of localization compared to any other Volkswagen cars sold in India. While the car is expected to go on sale in India in the second half of 2016, the Ameo will be available for public viewing at the Auto Expo 2016.The Volkswagen Ameo will be a part of the four new launches the company has planned in the next 15 months.
Volkswagen Ameo is based on the carmaker’s popular hatchback Polo and shares some of its key design and style cues. The front end of the car might look a little identical to the Polo but, the Ameo gets new headlamps, sporty front bumper, horizontal fog lamps, wide air dam and some considerable chrome detailing. On the other hand, the rear profile of the car shares some similarities with the Vento sedan and sports some new additions like a stocky boot and all-new tail-lamps.
Similar to its exterior profile, the interior of the car is also inspired from the Polo hatchback and Vento sedan. The cabin comes with Volkswagen’s signature styling, premium quality materials, stylish and comfortable upholstery along with leather wrapped multi-functional steering wheel. The front row comes with sporty bucket-style seats and the usual bench-style seats at the rear.
Volkswagen India has also claimed that the Volkswagen Ameo will come loaded with not only some best-in-class safety features, but will also offer superior build quality and a great driving experience. So, the car comes with best-in-class features like rain sensing wipers, cruise control, touchscreen infotainment system with Mirror link and I-pod connectivity, “Climatronic” automatic AC, cooled glove box and electronically controlled ORVM. As for safety features, the Ameo offers features like ABS and dual airbags as standard feature across all variants along with rear view camera with parking sensor, lane change indicator, electronic anti-theft immobilizer and defogger.
Under the hood the new the Volkswagen Ameo will have the 1.2-litre MPI petrol and the 1.5-litre TDI diesel engines from the VW Polo hatchback. Transmission duties will include Volkswagen’s signature DSG unit.