SPIED: Volkswagen Ameo Diesel

  • Jul 29, 2016
After the introduction of the petrol-powered Ameo, the diesel version is now being tested and would be launched soon

Volkswagen Ameo Diesel Spy Shot Rear Left Quarter

The Volkswagen Ameo was launched in the compact sedan segment at a mouth-watering price of Rs 5.24 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. However, the only engine option available as of now is a 1.2-litre, 75PS petrol motor that also sits under the Polo and the Vento. However, a diesel-powered Ameo will soon be introduced. We have spied the Ameo diesel testing in real world conditions! Design-wise, the oil-burner will have the same exteriors and interiors save the 'TDI' badging at the rear; the new engine will expand the 'Make in India' car's potential buyer list. The re-tuned engine is expected to generate 90PS of max power and 230Nm of peak torque which is similar to its hatchback and proper sedan siblings.

Volkswagen Ameo Diesel Spy Shot Rear

The engine is likely to be mated to a 5-speed manual and an optional seven-speed automatic DSG gearbox. Although the Ameo petrol version is shod with 15-inch alloy wheels, that is available only in the top-end Highline variant, the spy shots taken suggest that it may be available with 16-inch ones. According to the images, the alloys are expected to have a new design too.

In terms of features, the Ameo TDI will have the same list of equipment as the petrol-powered version. Some of them are cruise control, Apple CarPlay, cornering lights, rain sensing wipers and anti-pinch windows all around. Also, keeping the safety of occupants as prime importance, Volkswagen has given the Ameo ABS and dual front airbags as standard across the variant list of the petrol version, and the diesel ones are also expected to get the same.

The company has been struggling due to the recent dieselgate emission scandal that involved a device reducing pollutant levels while idling for pollution checking. Due to this, the engine has been re-tuned to reduce a carbon footprint and gain confidence in potential buyers. That said, there is no doubt that the Ameo is a brilliant product for India and with most of the parts localised, the competition may just have some sleepless nights.


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