Volkswagen Ameo: the Polo grows a boot!

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Just a day before the Delhi Auto Expo 2016 can begin, Volkswagen has revealed their extended version of the Polo. The company’s foray into the sub-4-metre segment has been much anticipated – and now – here it is, to take the fight to Tata’s Zest, Ford’s Figo Aspire, Honda’s Amaze, Maruti Suzuki’s Swift Dzire and Hyundai’s Xcent.

From what appears to be seen, the subtle, no-nonsense design as seen on the Polo remains. Except that the roof doesn’t retain the same slopiness on the hatchback, and from there onwards, the squarish rear gives it its own identity. Thankfully, the tail lamp design has nothing to do with the Vento’s, and that’s refreshing to know. The top-end version will get 15-inch wheels and 330 litres of boot capacity. Features like rear AC vents, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, cruise control, electronically-adjustable rear-view mirrors, steering adjust for rake and reach, with a few other features coming as standard across all variants like: dual front airbags and ABS.

Under the bonnet will sit the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel motors from the Polo, with both being linked to a 5-speed manual gearbox. But those on the lookout for automatic convenience, the 7-speed dual-clutch DSG will be available on the diesel car. Expect pricing to be competitive, given that this car is solely made for India, in India – with production of the compact car to set to kick off in the first half of this year.

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