Volkswagen India launched its first compact sedan Ameo Sunday at a starting price of Rs 5.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai), entering a segment dominated by Maruti’s Swift Dzire.
Touted as Made-in-India car by the German auto giant, the much-awaited Ameo comes in three variants -- 1.2L MPI petrol (5-speed manual), 1.5L TDI diesel (5-speed manual) and a 1.5L TDI diesel (7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox).
The car will be equipped with anti-lock braking system and dual front-airbags as standard. A mileage of 16-20kpl is expected from the petrol variant while the diesel one could clock around 20-22 in a litre.
The Ameo also promises some first-in-segment features such as cruise control, automatic rain-sensing wipers and single-folding rear seat backrest.
Available for delivery from July this year, the sedan will cost Rs 5.14-6.91 lakh (ex-showroom) in Mumbai and Rs 5.24-7.06 lakh in Delhi.
The car will be available in five colours -- blue silk, reflex silver, toffee brown, candy white and carbon steel.
The latest offering by Volkswagen comes a month ahead of the automaker’s recall programme in India to fix an emission software. The recall was purely voluntary as it did not face any charges of violating emission norms in India, the company said.
Last September, Volkswagen admitted to rigging engines on nearly 11 million vehicles worldwide to cheat on emissions tests, which saw the company’s profit take a big hit.
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