AutoCarIndia reports that Volkswagen India will preview a possible compact sedan at the Auto Expo 2016 in February with the revival of ‘Bora’ name in VW’s line-up. Based on the VW Polo platform the Bora will enter into production in the first half of 2016 at Volkswagen’s plant at Chakan, Pune.
Although Indian streets are full of small hatchbacks, the demand for compact sedans now is on rise due to Indian government’s excise benefits for small cars below sub-4-meters in length. Which is why? Volkswagen took the trouble to design and develop the compact sedan exclusively for India. The company has announced an investment of Rs 720 crore towards development, setting-up new equipment and ramping-up the production of its upcoming Bora compact sedan.
The Bora compact sedan will not only borrow the platform from its hatchback sibling, instead it will reportedly share engine line-up and design cues. The report states that, it could get the 1.2-litre MPI and TSI petrol engines, the latter with the 7-speed DSG transmission on the top-version, and the 1.5-litre diesel engine. It will be manufactured alongside – the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Škoda Rapid at the Pune plant.
Although the Bora compact sedan will compete against the Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Tata Zest, Hyundai Xcent, and Ford Aspire. It won’t be the cheapest car in its segment, instead it will be feature-rich and could be priced slightly higher than the Amaze.
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