Volkswagen has opened bookings for its compact sedan Ameo on Thursday at Rs 10,000. A lot is dependent on the Made in India car by the German manufacturer which has gotten itself in a lot of smoke over the past 10 months.
Though India had a lesser impact of the global emission scandal, some section of Indians are sure to have second thoughts over buying a Volkswagen.
As the bookings open on Thursday, here are five things to know about the latest compact sedan from the German auto giant:
1. Ameo comes from the Latin word ‘Amo’ which means ‘I love’. The German auto major has developed this one especially for India and will produce it at the VW Chakan plant near Pune.
2. The car is designed on the PQ24 platform of the Polo and the Vento. Along with the platform, Ameo will also borrow the design cues of the Polo as well as its engines.
3. Ameo will be powered by a 1.2 litre MPI petrol engine that churns out 74bhp, 110Nm while a 1.5 litre diesel mill generates 88.7bhp of power and 230Nm of torque.
4. Features like a front centre armrest, rear AC vents, a 2-din touchscreen infotainment system, auto-dimming inside rear-view mirror, first-in-class rain sensing wiper system and turn indicators on optical rear view mirrors are expected, in a move to entice customers away from its competition.
5. The compact sedan will compete against the segment leader Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire as well as the Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and Ford Figo Aspire. So expect the car to be priced in the Rs 5-8 lakh bracket once it launches soon.
Watch | The new Volkswagen Ameo at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016
Volkswagen had unveiled the Ameo a day before the Delhi Auto Expo this February where it also showcased its premium SUV Tiguan, the Passat GTE and the 2016 Beetle, apart from the sportier Polo GT.
Since the expose of the emissions scandal last September, Volkswagen has undertaken a major cleanliness drive in its offices worldwide as well as the garages to come out clean. At many global auto shows, the auto maker has maintained a low profile as its bosses have apologies from time to time.