After the India-specific 1.5 liter TDI turbo diesel engine, Volkswagen is all set to build an India-specific car in the form of a sub-4 meter compact sedan based on the PQ25 platform, which also underpins the likes of the Polo and the Vento. A new top-hat design is said to be in the works for the new, sub-4 meter Volkswagen compact sedan as the German car brand has struggled to differentiate the Polo and the Vento in India. This struggle has seen Volkswagen lose sales to other rivals as the Polo and the Vento look scarcely different from straight up, leading many Vento buyers to look elsewhere.
While the Vento sedan itself is undergoing a major botox job, replete with a new top-hat design, a similar story is likely to pan out with the sub-4 meter Polo/Vento-based compact sedan. A surprise from the sidelines of Paris is that Volkswagen has already reached the final developmental stages of the compact sedan, which was originally anticipated to arrive in 2016. The revised, “rumoured” timeline for the sub-4 meter Volkswagen compact sedan’s unveil is early 2015, which is just a few months from now.
The compact sedan will use the newly introduced 1.5 liter TDI turbo diesel engine, perhaps in the 89 Bhp-230 Nm state of tune. The 1.2 liter TSI turbo petrol motor, also in a lower state of tune, could serve on the petrol powered variants of the compact sedan. Expect the new compact sedan to feature a wheelbase that is in between that of the Polo and the Vento. All said, not a single test mule of the sub-4 meter Volkswagen compact sedan has been spotted, leading us to believe that a concept could be showcased first, followed by the actual production version a few months down the line. The compact sedan from Volkswagen will take on the likes of the Maruti Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze and the Tata Zest.
The compact sedan from Volkswagen is aimed primarily at increasing volumes for the German brand in India, a market in which it has been particularly unsuccessful. Since Volkswagen commands a premium image, the compact sedan from the German car brand could be positioned slightly higher in terms of pricing, than cars from the current crop of compact sedans sold here. The higher positioning will allow Volkswagen to retain its brand appeal here, while also appealing to the masses through a more affordable vehicle, than say the Vento C-Segment sedan.