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This is the very first undisguised picture of the Volkswagen Ameo, the German automaker’s compact sedan set to go on sale next month. It is basically a sub 4-metre Vento.

2016 Volkswagen Ameo

The Ameo is a shortened Vento with some styling enhancements

You read it first on MotorBeam. Volkswagen is all set to hit the compact sedan market in India by launching their new product, the Ameo. The Ameo is going to be slotted between the Polo and Vento. MotorBeam reader Tejas Bora spotted the car in what looks like a stockyard and the car pictured here is the diesel model because the TDI badging is clearly visible. It is also clearly evident that the Ameo is nothing but a shortened Vento with some tweaks to the styling.

The front of the Volkswagen Ameo is very similar to the Polo but the bumper gets a mild change in design. With the clean and sophisticated design, the side profile looks very clean and well-proportioned. There are no DRLs though (rival Tata Zest has it). On the inside, the vehicle gets rear AC vents, front centre armrest, touchscreen audio system that can also mirror an Android phone using MirrorLink, auto-dimming IRVM, turn indicators on ORVMs and a very small antenna on the rear of the roof.

The interiors get a black and beige colour theme which is similar to the Polo. The centre console also gets a silver coloured finish. The Volkswagen Ameo also gets a cooled glovebox, reverse parking sensors with a rearview camera, height adjustable driver’s seat and one touch up-down on all four power windows which is a trademark feature of every Volkswagen. The tyre size is 185/60/R15 and the Ameo will be sharing its engines and transmissions with the Polo.

The petrol engine will be a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated 3-cylinder engine, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission while the diesel engine is a 1.5-litre TDI oil-burner with a 5-speed gearbox. The 1.2-litre TSI engine that comes with the 7-speed DSG gearbox might also be offered. The variant line-up will be similar to the Polo and Vento, a la Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The vehicle is going to be launched just prior to the upcoming 2016 Auto Expo.

The compact sedan market in India is a very desirable and aspiring one (pun intended) and many major automakers have tried their luck in this segment with their products. Volkswagen is showing its seriousness for the Indian auto market by launching vehicles in new segments. The Ameo is specifically designed for the Indian market and its public showcase at the Auto Expo is going to attract a lot of potential buyers. We can expect the car to be priced between Rs. 5.5-8.7 lakhs considering the fact that it’ll compete with the Maruti Swift DZire, Ford Figo Aspire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and Honda Amaze.

2016 Volkswagen Ameo Tail Lamp

The Ameo marks Volkswagen’s entry into a very fast growing segment

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  • The Dukeist

    Rapid’s boot stuffed into Polo, retaining Polo’s tail lights… The rear profile which is the only actual new part as of now… Looks stubbier, neat and linear than Xcent’s rear profile… As nice as Aspire to say… Need to see how VW equips this car, as I feel Polo is already a very well equipped car…

    • There are some Ameo specific features which the Polo and Vento miss out on like the touch-screen audio system, auto-dimming inside mirror, etc.

    • The Dukeist

      I hope the fit and finish shall remain VW standard… Should I sense that you do have more pics to disclose?

    • Pandora’s box, one at a time ;p

    • Vivek B

      Come on Faisal! Show some mercy on these poor souls.
      Its too tough to keep the surprise :P

    • Honestly, I don’t have more pics, if I had, would have put them up by now.

  • sandyzen

    Was this the only option left for VW to get volume?

    • The Dukeist

      Not a bad car at the first place…

    • Chiragh

      Exactly the thoughts going about in my mind since this news broke. The compact SUV would’ve definitely got them some numbers considering they brought something similar to the Taigun. But, I guess VW also fell prey to the best shortcut….i.e. chop, paste, sell!!

  • WES

    Looks like a car from the 1990s

  • Aakash Adi

    It doesn’t seem sub 4m IMO. Polo itself is close to 4m. Any chance that its more than 4m ? Since Ecosport’s spare is exempt.

    The design looks elegant just like any other German.

  • Chiragh

    The chop job seems to have been done neatly but its very plain. They could have done something to liven things up as it is their only India specific model and also the only new model in so many years.

  • Srinivas Kumar

    it’s in 1st place , in my list now

  • bellwnuk


  • bellwnuk

    1. Polo is bit crampier in the rear. but Vento is spacious.
    Question: will this be somewhat spacious when compared to Polo?

    2. Polo has Automatic in Petrol. and Vento has both in petrol and Deisel.
    Question: will Ameo be having a CVT or AMT or traditional AT? And both in petrol and diesel?

    3. Vento has a silver lining at the rear and in grille which gives it a Porsche look.
    Question: Ameo has silver linings?

    4. Polo is already a premium hatchback model and priced bit higher in the segment.
    Question: can a car like Ameo which is built on Polo platform can compete with price ranges of dzire or xcent?

    5. VW in general has the tough body and build on strong chasis.
    Question: In general we all know what is standard in india :(. So is the AMEO going to be yet another indian jjjuunnkk?

    6. Irrelated question!!!!
    Question: is there a possibility that we get an automatic in I20 elite/Active?


    • 1) It has to be if they want to sell it in front of the spacious rivals.

      2) VW doesn’t do CVT or AMT in India, only DSG. Both petrol and diesel to come with AT but maybe not at the time of launch.

      3) No.

      4) The Ameo will be priced aggressively to take on the cars you mentioned.

      5) No it won’t be.

      6) No possibility of automatic i20s.

  • Anand

    Lovely … It doesn’t look bad .. I see this car’s snap first time in the net. Well done Faiz & team. Not bad as Dezire..

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