Volkswagen Ameo
Volkswagen commenced multi-city road show ahead of the Ameo launch from May 12. Pictured: Volkswagen AmeoPR handout

German carmaker Volkswagen is set to launch the diesel-powered Ameo, the made-in-India compact sedan, on September 27. The Ameo diesel has been in news since the petrol-powered model was launched in July.

Volkswagen has been testing the Ameo diesel on the Indian roads for quite some time now. While the diesel-powered Ameo will remain the same as the current model of the compact sedan in terms of style and features, under the hood, the compact sedan is expected to get an upgraded 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine, which is expected to be re-tuned 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 a five-speed manual gear box.

The Ameo, which competes with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire, Tata Zest and Hyundai Xcent in the country, is offered in three trims — Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The Ameo comes with safety features such as dual front airbags and ABS as standard. Other features include cruise control, height-adjustable driver's seat, reverse-parking camera, reverse-parking sensors, electrically-foldable ORVMs, rear defogger and touchscreen MirrorLink system.

Manufactured at the company's Chakan facility in Pune, the Ameo is currently offered in exterior colours of Blue Silk, Reflex Silver, Toffee Brown, Candy White and Carbon Steel.