Czech automaker, Skoda is gearing up for the launch of the much-awaited Karoq SUV in the country on May 6, 2020. Due to the COVID-19, the Skoda Karoq will be launched digitally. This year, the Czech automaker will mainly launch the upgraded or limited edited versions of existing cars. Coming 2021, Skoda will introduce 3 all-new cars in the Indian market.
Czech automaker will launch the new-gen Skoda Octavia in early 2021. The fourth-gen Octavia will rival the likes of the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic. The fourth-gen model comes with all-new design, featuring Matrix-LED headlamps, LED tail-lamps with dynamic turn indicaators and more prominent butterfly grille. The sedan gets 10.25-inch fully digital ‘Virtual Cockpit’ instrument console, 10-inch Columbus touchscreen infotainment system and heads-up display.
The 2021 Skoda Octavia will be powered by a 1.5-litre TSI EVO turbocharged petrol engine producing 148bhp and 250Nm. The Top-spec model could also receive the 2.0-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine that is good for 187bhp and 320Nm of torque. Both manual and DSG automatic gearbox options will be on offer.
Skoda will introduce the production version of the Vision IN SUV concept in the first half of 2021. The new model is rumoured to be called the Skoda Kosmiq. It will be based on the heavily localed MQB AO IN plaform, which also underpins the VW Taigun. The new SUV will challenge the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
The Skoda Kosmiq mid-sized SUV will measure close to 4.3 meters in length and will sit on 2,671mm of wheelbase. The new SUV will be offered with 2 engine options – a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre TSI. While the former is good for 113bhp and 200Nm of torque, the 1.5L unit produces 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed torque convertor automatic and a 7-speed DSG automatic.
In the second half of 2021, Skoda will launch the next-gen Rapid sedan in the country. The new model will be based on the heavily localised MQB AO IN platform, which will also underpin the new Kosmiq SUV. The new sedan will rival the likes of the Hyundai Verna, Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The sedan will be powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 110bhp and 170Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque convertor automatic.