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

If the latest indications are anything to go by, German car-maker Volkswagen is gearing up to reveal the prices of its highly anticipated compact sedan Ameo in India on June 5. The Facebook handle of Volkswagen India, which shared the details of the Ameo price contest on the page, had indicated that the price could be revealed on June 5.

Volkswagen India has announced a price-guessing contest for the Ameo, which asks social media users to guess the starting price of the upcoming Ameo. Five people who can guess the closest price will be winners.

For the uninitiated, the Ameo, Volkswagen's first compact sedan tailored for the Indian market, is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 8 lakh. The bookings for the new compact sedan are open in the country and the car had hit the assembly lines at the Chakan plant in Pune on May 25.

Under the hood, the Ameo comes with 1.2-litre three-cylinder MPI petrol and 1.5-litre four-cylinder TDI diesel engines. While the petrol mill can churn out 74bhp of power and 110Nm of peak torque, the diesel units can develop 89bhp of power and 230Nm of torque. The diesel engine comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and seven-speed DSG transmission, while the petrol engine gets only five-speed manual transmission. 

The Ameo will rival Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire, Tata Zest and Hyundai Xcent in India and will be offered in three trims — Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The Ameo will come equipped with features like a height-adjustable driver's seat, electrically-adjustable ORVMs, an infotainment system with CD/MP3/USB/AUX-in/SD card and Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, steering-mounted controls, automatic wipers and a reverse-parking camera.

On the safety front, the Ameo packs ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), dual-front airbags — driver and passenger side, an Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) and Hill Hold control.

[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]