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Volkswagen Ameo Launched At Rs 5.24 Lakh

  • Jun 05, 2016
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Volkswagen India has launched its contender in the compact-sedan segment, the Ameo. The Volkswagen Ameo is the company's first made-for-India car, specifically targeted at the ultra-competitive sub 4-meter sedan segment in India. Though late to the party, the Volkswagen Ameo combines the company's obsession with quality along with high localisation of parts - it aims to be value-for-money compact-sedan that does not compromise on quality, comfort and safety.

Volkswagen Ameo Left Front Quarter

“Today is a very special day for Volkswagen in India, as we introduce our first ever made-for-India carline, Volkswagen Ameo. The Ameo underlines our philosophy of offering the best of technology and safety standards packaged at an attractive price. Through the Ameo, we are confident of cementing Volkswagen’s strong presence in the compact sedan segment and further expand the Volkswagen India family,” said Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India.

It is easy to see that the Ameo is based on the Polo, with a stubby boot attached. It has a love-it-or-hate-it design, check out the photos below.

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Highlights of the Ameo on the outside include chrome detailing on the front grille and air dam, chrome door handles, 15-inch alloy-wheels, static cornering lights (part of the fog lamp cluster, first-in-segment) etc.

Volkswagen Ameo Interior Dashboard Passenger View

Inside, the cabin has a simple and functional design. The two-tone black-and-beige combo adds to an airy feel inside while the silver highlights on the centre console add flair, the piano-black inserts on the steering wheel also make the interior feel special.

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Highlights on the inside include the all-beige seats, black dashboard with beige lower dashboard, black door pads with beige inserts, beige headliner, silver trim on the centre console, touch-screen infotainment system, first-in-segment front centre armrest, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped gear knob, A/C vents for the rear passengers, multifunction display in the instrument cluster etc.

Volkswagen Ameo Interior Front Centre Armrest Open

Volkswagen wants the Ameo to succeed and it has added a lot of equipment to the car to appeal to customers who demand more for less. Some of the equipment on offer include rain sensing wipers, cruise control, anti-pinch function on all four power windows, climate control system, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, cooled glove box, auto-dimming IRVM, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable driver seat, folding rear seat, remote central locking etc.

The 5-inch touchscreen-based multimedia system deserves a special mention here - it has Radio, CD/MP3, USB, SD-card, Aux-In, I-pod and Bluetooth streaming playback facility while also supporting Mirror link. It can also be controlled via voice commands. The system is connected to 4 speakers.

Volkswagen Ameo Engine Bay

The Ameo will be initially offered with only a petrol engine, a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder MPI motor in this case. Though it will be offered with a reworked 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged motor later this year.

The 1.2-litre MPI motor is available only with a 5-speed manual transmission. It develops 75PS of maximum power and 110Nm of peak torque. Power is sent to the front wheels, and the car has an ARAI-certified fuel-efficiency figure of 17.83kmpl.

Safety is given high regard by Volkswagen, and the Ameo reflects this. All variants of the Ameo will be fitted with dual front airbags and ABS as standard. The Ameo is also fitted with a rear-view camera (with 5-inch multimedia screen doubling up as the the display), rear parking sensors, one-touch lane change indicator, front and rear fog lamps, an electronic engine immobiliser, and a rear windshield defogger.

Volkswagen Ameo Tail-lamp in Detail

The prices of the Volkswagen Ameo, ex-showroom Delhi are as follows -

Trendline 1.2 MPI - Rs 5.24 lakh
Comfortline 1.2 MPI - Rs 6.00 lakh
Highline 1.2 MPI - Rs 7.06 lakh

Deliveries of the Ameo will begin in July 2016, interested customers can pre-book their units through a dedicated Android mobile app too.
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