Having launched the Volkswagen Polo and Vento, Volkswagen has catered to the hatchback and sedan segment in the India. The German automaker is tightlipped about its plans to launch its compact sedan based on Vento and Polo in India. Maybe, the automaker wants to ensure that its offering proves to be better than its Maruti Swift Dzire, which is currently ruling the compact sedan segment and is working towards its face lifted version too.
The 2016 VW compact sedan has not been seen earlier either under wraps or as a design concept in any of the Auto Expos. The upcoming compact sedan will be a sub-four metre offering from Volkswagen, making the car eligible to avail tax benefits.
Powering the 2016 VW compact sedan will be the 1.2-litre petrol engine and the new 1.5-litre diesel engine that will be borrowed from the current Vento and Polo lineup. The company will assemble the 1.5 TDI at its manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune and this will allow the company to optimize its production costs. This gives us an impression that, the upcoming sedan will be priced competitively within the price range of Rs. 5.5 lakhs to Rs. 10 lakhs.
Volkswagen is a very late entrant in the compact sedan segment and while it enters the Indian market, it will have to compete with Maruti Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze and Tata Zest. It will also have to compete with the upcoming Ford Figo sedan and the Tata Kite sedan.
Do you think, 2016 Volkswagen compact sedan will give serious competition to Maruti Swift Dzire?