2016 promises to be huge on the automotive front here in India. Every car manufacturer worth their assembly plants is geared up to introduce some of the most important cars for buyers here. Among the many new car launches awaited this year, is the compact sedan from the Volkswagen stable. The auto-maker has had a tough time in 2015, but everything suggests that the company is putting the troubles behind and getting ready to roll-out the big guns.

Codenamed the ICS, Volkswagen is said to be looking to launch their compact sedan sometime in the first half of the coming year. Following in the footsteps of its elder sibling – the Vento; the Ameo compact sedan will follow in the footsteps of its elder sibling – the Vento when it comes to the exterior styling cues. The spy-shots indicate a short, stubby boot. Given the lower price-point expected, the passengers in the rear seat of the VW Ameo will have to make do with fixed headrests.

Buyers will see a lot of parts sharing between the compact sedan and hatchback – the Polo. With the interiors finished in beige, the Ameo might even see key components such as the dashboard and engines being shared between them. Speaking of motors, the Ameo is most likely to come with the three-cylinder 1.2 litre MPI petrol from the Polo along with the 1.5 litre quad-cylinder TDI diesel as an option. Both engine options will come with five-speed manual transmissions as standard. It will be interesting to see if Volkswagen bites the bullet indeed and offer the fantastic seven-speed DSG gearbox option, on the diesel. Or it may even be that Volkswagen stretches things and offers it on a hotter GT variant with the stonking 1.2 litre TSi petrol engine option.

From the spyshot, it’s clear to see that the VW Ameo will get beige interiors, similar to the Vento. The compact sedan which will go up in competition with the likes of Maruti DZire and the Hyundai XCent, is expected to borrow its dashboard and parts from the Polo, not to mention the engines. The line-up will include the 1.2-liter three-cylinder MPI petrol and the 1.5-liter four-cylinder TDI diesel, paired to 5-speed manual transmissions. Additionally, VW could also offer its 7-speed DSG on the diesel, or with the 1.0-liter TSI petrol motor instead. With the Auto Expo 2016 in Delhi not too long a time away, all should be revealed when it is showcased there.

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