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

German car-maker Volkswagen has started the delivery of the recently-launched compact sedan, the Ameo, in India. The Ameo, the made-in-India, made-for-India compact sedan, was launched in India on June 5.

Manufactured at the company's Pune plant, the Ameo has been priced starting at Rs. 5.13 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The compact sedan, the most affordable offering of Volkswagen in India, was opened for booking from May.

"We are very happy to bring this Made in India and Made for India sedan to our customers now, as we initiate the deliveries," said Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Cars India.

Unveiled in February at the Auto Expo 2016, the Ameo, which is currently on sale in India, comes powered by 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. Volkswagen is also testing the diesel-powered model of the compact sedan on the Indian roads that is likely to be rolled out during the festive season this year. In the diesel engine version, the Ameo will get upgraded 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine, which is expected to be re-tuned to churn out 108bhp of power.

Offered in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline variants, the Ameo offers safety features such as dual front airbags and ABS as standard. It competes against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire, Tata Zest and Hyundai Xcent in the country.

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.