New Delhi: Volkswagen has launched its first Made-for-India model, the Ameo a few days ago and its introductory prices are very aggressive. The vehicle undercuts the Polo hatchback along with most of its rivals. As of now, it is solely available with a petrol engine but Volkswagen will launch the Ameo diesel in August with the upgraded 1.5-litre TDI motor. The upgraded engine will also be available in the Polo and the Vento from August onwards.
The German automaker did not launch the diesel option alongside the petrol due to its emission scandal controversy. Volkswagen in India has already recalled close to 1.9 lakh cars sold in the country since 2008 to fix diesel emission issues. However, the company is reportedly upgrading the 1.5-litre diesel and the new mill is expected to see an increase in power and torque. All the three cars will get the improved oil burner from August.
The Ameo is coming with a lot of segment-first features but, out of all, it is the diesel automatic option that is the most significant. The company will offer the seven-speed dual clutch automatic with the upgraded 1.5-litre diesel. None of its competitors offer a proper automatic diesel option- both the Tata Zest and the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire feature an AMT (automated manual transmission) option. Besides this, the Ameo will come standard with a five-speed manual transmission. Expect the certified fuel efficiency to be in the vicinity of 20-21 kmpl.