Later this year, India will get two all-new compact sedans, the Tata Kite 5 and the Volkswagen Ameo. Both cars were showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. Here’s a quick summary on what each car brings to the table.
The Tata Kite 5 is based on the Zica hatchback, with which it shares its engines and transmissions. What this means is, it’ll get 1.2 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol and 1.05 liter-3 cylinder turbo diesel engines, and 5 speed manual gearboxes. An AMT option is likely for the future. The Kite 5 will be built at Tata Motors’ Sanand factory, alongside the Zica and the Nano. It’ll be India’s least priced compact sedan, and will replace the Indigo eCS. It’ll sit below the Zest in terms of price and positioning and one of Tata’s 2 compact sedans.
On the other end of the spectrum is the Volkswagen Ameo, which is based on the Polo hatchback. The Ameo will be powered by 1.2 liter-3 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol and 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engines. A 5 speed manual gearbox will be standard on both engines, while the diesel motor will get a 7 speed DSG twin clutch automatic transmission as an option. Considering that the Polo is a pricey hatchback, the Ameo is likely to be a premium priced compact sedan. The car’s feature list surely seems to hint at this direction.