Volkswagen will launch the second generation Ameo compact sedan in India after 2020. The car will use the MQB A0 platform, a whittled down version of the MQB platform to suit developing markets such as India and South America. The Ameo, along with the next-gen Polo and Vento, will use the developing market specific MQB A0 platform. Here is a render that shows what the next-generation Ameo could look like.
As the render indicates, the next-gen Ameo is likely to derive looks from the latest, Euro-spec MQB Polo. Like the current Ameo, the new model is expected to get a stubby boot but that’s well integrated into the design to ensure that it doesn’t come across as an afterthought. The new Ameo will continue to duck under 4 meters in length to avail attractive excise benefits – the main reason why sub-4 meter compact sedans are built.
Under the hood, expect to see turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, tuned to meet Bharat Stage 6 emission norms, which will kick in from April 2020. The new Ameo is also expected to be electric powertrain ready as almost all new cars built by automakers are envisaging a future involving electric powertrains. Both manual and automatic gearbox options are likely to be offered on the next-generation Ameo.
The Ameo has been a success for Volkswagen, with the car clocking more volumes than the Vento full size C-Segment sedan. Volkswagen will be hoping that the all-new Ameo does even better. For now, the only details we have about the new car is that it’ll come in sometime during 2021. It’ll be built at Volkswagen’s Chakan factory, but Skoda will be a key figure in the Ameo’s product development. This is because the Volkswagen group has entrusted the development and localization of the MQB A0 platform with Skoda. Skoda has already started working on the project.