The new Skoda compact SUV will be developed on VW Group’s new ECO platform for price sensitive markets like India; Launch in 2020
We informed you earlier that Skoda is working on a baby Karoq SUV, which is scheduled to make its global debut in 2019. This model is also speculated to arrive into Indian market; however, nothing concrete on the same has been revealed by the automaker. According to Autocar India, Skoda Auto will develop a low-cost ‘Eco’ platform for the VW Group to improve their presence in the cost-sensitive markets like India.
The report further suggests that the first model to be developed on the new Eco platform will be a five-seat, mid-sized SUV to challenge the Hyundai Creta. This model is expected to be launched in 2020. Both VW and Skoda will develop their own SUVs, but will share platform, powertrains and other mechanics.
Additionally, VW will phase out its EA189 1.5-litre diesel engine before 2020. The new model is likely to get a new diesel engine. It is expected that VW could develop a stripped-down version of VW’s EA288 2.0-litre diesel engine to power its future compact SUVs in India. The company could also source a compact diesel engine from another manufacturer. You May Also Like – VW T-Cross Breeze | New VW Polo | Skoda Karoq | Skoda Kodiaq
Besides, the company is also likely to develop a mid-sized sedan. Likely to be launched in 2021, the new sedan is expected to come as a replacement for the VW Vento and Skoda Rapid. Adding to it, Skoda is also considering a compact hatchback for Indian market. The new model will be based on the Eco platform and is expected to be launched by 2023. Skoda only hatchback, Fabia, was discontinued in 2013 due to sluggish sales. Similarly, VW will also launch a compact premium hatchback which will replace the Polo hatchback.
The company will launch three new cars on the upcoming Eco platform, including an SUV, a mid-sized sedan and a premium hatchback. It is expected that the company is planning to produce between 1,80,000 and 4,00,000 cars, but larger chunk of which will go for exports.