After the successful launch of the Polo in February, Volkswagen was planning to launch its entry level sedan in India. After numerous speculations and millions of rumours, the sedan is finally here. Finally the Indian car lovers get to feast their eyes on the Polo based sedan, Vento. The German car manufacturer unveiled the car in Delhi today. The entry-level sedan will be launched in the last quarter of this year.
The car will be rolled out from the company’s manufacturing plant in Chakan in Maharashtra. The VW Vento comes equipped with 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engine. The 1.6 Liter petrol engine churns out 105 bhp@5250 rpm and 153 Nm of torque @3800 rpm, the diesel engine, with identical power output, outdoes the petrol in the torque section and brings 253 Nm between 1500-2500 rpm. Both the variants will be available in manual and automatic transmission options.
“This is the first car which has been designed and manufactured in India,” Volkswagen Group Board Member (Sales & Marketing) Christian Klingler said. The VW Vento is targeted at the mass market and will be positioned at the upper-end of the mid-sized sedan segment, including Fiat Linea, Honda City and Hyundai Verna Transform, in the country. Though the Vento does not have the looks of the City or the Linea, it will definitely attract most middle aged car buyers with its classy understated charm.
Volkswagen has taken special care while designing the Vento. While black and beige trim elegantly furnish the interiors, 15 inch alloys and fog lamps enhance the outer appeal of the car. The new sedan also boasts of an MP3 player and radio. The highline variant will be available in four colours namely silver, blue, beige and black, but the trendline would have just two offers in the colour section. Sad, isn’t it! But there is something to be happy about. Both the variants will come with a 6 year warranty with anti corrosion body treatment and high ground clearance.
Coming to the price of the new VW car. Senior officials from the organisation have refused to open their mouths about the price of the Vento; however, they said that the price will be announced in the first week August and the car will be available in the market in the October-December quarter.
While the Polo was launched in the Indian market at a price ranging from Rs 4.34 to Rs 6.70 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Vento is likely to start above Rs 7 lakh, and the top end version will likely reach the tag of Rs 9 lakh and above.
The new Vento, which is the seventh model in India from Volkswagen’s stable, will further strengthen the company’s position in the Indian market. Volkswagen currently offers compact cars ‘Beetle‘ and ‘Polo’, premium sedans ‘Phaeton’, ‘Passat’ and ‘Jetta’, and sports utility vehicle ‘Touareg’ in the country.
The German car manufacturer has invested 580 million euros on its Chakan plant, which manufactures 1.1 lakh units per annum. The manufacturing facility also produces the ‘Fabia’ hatchback of group firm SkodaAuto.
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