Volkswagen Ameo
Volkswagen Ameo diesel launch likely during festive season. Pictured: Volkswagen AmeoPR handout

It looks like German car-maker Volkswagen is putting the diesel model avatar of its compact sedan Ameo through final testing in India. The Ameo diesel has been going through testing in the country for quite some time now.

A fresh batch images shared by Zigwheels has surfaced online, giving yet another look at the model. In terms of style and design, the Ameo diesel looks similar to the current petrol-powered model. The only major difference comes under the hood as the diesel model will be powered by an upgraded 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine, which is expected to be retuned to churn out 108bhp of power.

Currently, the Ameo is sold with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder MPI petrol engine that develops 74bhp of power and 110Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to 5-speed manual gear box. Offered in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline variants, the Ameo offers safety features such as dual front airbags and ABS as standard

The compact sedan hosts a string of best in-class features, such as cruise control, infotainment system with CD/MP3/USB/AUX-in/SD card and Bluetooth connectivity, reverse-parking camera, reverse-parking sensors and touchscreen MirrorLink system.

The diesel-powered Ameo is expected to be launched during the festive season this year. Volkswagen sold 2,200 units of the Ameo in July and contributed to 51 per cent sales of the company last month. The made-in-India, made-for-India compact sedan Ameo petrol has been priced at Rs. 5.24 lakh, (ex-showroom Delhi). It competes against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire, Tata Zest and Hyundai Xcent in the country.

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