Volkswagen finally seems to have taken the sub-sour metre sedan bait, as a new compact sedan version of the Volkswagen Vento was recently spotted undergoing trials, in India.
The test mule was heavily disguised and seems to be an early prototype of the sub-four metre sedan. The Vento compact sedan will be based on the Polo’s architecture and will be available with the same powertrain options as the hatchback. The overall design and silhouette have been borrowed from the standard Vento, though we expect to see some changes in the front fascia. Unlike the other compact sedans in the Indian market, the boot of the Vento compact sedan manages to look proportional to the rest of the car.
The compact sedan segment was first innovated by Tata when they brought out the Indigo CS, back in 2008 and since then, many other manufacturers have positioned their contenders in this rapidly growing segment. While Volkswagen had maintained a safe distance from the compact sedan segment, the volumes this lucrative segment generates are too good to be overlooked.
The final production model of the Vento compact sedan is expected to be ready in time for next year’s Delhi Auto Expo. The Vento compact sedan will be the new entry-level sedan in Volkswagen’s Indian line-up and will compete with the Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and the segment leader – Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire.