Skoda’s new compact SUV will be based on low-cost MQB platform and will share design cues from Vision X Concept SUV
Volkswagen Group is planning to launch a range of new products in the Indian car market by 2020. The first model to go on sale will be a compact SUV in 2020. For people not in known, Skoda is working on a low-cost MQB platform for the growing markets including India. This platform will spawn VW and Skoda’s future products in India.
While Volkswagen will launch a compact SUV based on the T-Cross styling, Skoda is contemplating a compact SUV with design inspiration from Vision X concept. Both SUVs will be developed at the Volkswagen’s Chakan based plant. Skoda is working on a global compact SUV, which will borrow design cues from the Vision X concept. This model will be slotted below the Kodiaq and Karoq. However, the India-spec model will use the affordable version of the MQB platform.
Skoda claims that the Vision X is a design study for an urban compact crossover. Upfront is the Skoda’s signature grille and ‘power dome’ on the bonnet, and raised headlights with DRLs and indicators. At the back, the Skoda Vision X has L-shaped tail-lights and bumper reflector. Also See – Skoda Kodiaq 7 Seater SUV Review
In terms of proportions, the Vision X is 4,250mm, 1,50mm and 1,800mm in length, width and height respectively. The new model sits on a longer wheelbase of 2,645, which ensures spacious cabin for both front and rear occupants. Skoda is aiming to offer more rear space and feature loaded cabin in the India-spec model. The SUV is expected to feature the stripped down version of the existing 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. The new Skoda SUV will challenge the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and upcoming Honda HRV.