In a bid to gain some market share in the highly competitive market, Volkswagen Group is all set to make a huge investment in India. Skoda will lead the group’s India Plan 2.0, which includes developing a new platform, technologies and new cars for the Indian market. Skoda is currently busy in developing a heavily localised MQB AO IN platform, which will be used to develop cars for both Skoda and Volkswagen. On this platform, Skoda will develop 3 new cars. Here we tell you what the Czech automaker will bring to Indian market –
Czech automaker, Skoda will introduce its global SUV – Karoq SUV in the Indian market in early 2019. This model is based on the VW Group’s versatile MQB platform that also underpins the Kodiaq. Skoda will bring this model as CKD unit and then assembled at its facility in Maharashtra. It will directly rival the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson. Due to CKD route, this SUV will be expensive than its direct rivals. We expect it to cost somewhere between Rs 18 lakh and Rs 22 lakh. Under the bonnet will be a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that produces 140bhp of power.
– Skoda’s Compact SUV (Vision X concept)
This will be Skoda’s first model to be based on the localised MQB AO In platform. The company will introduce this model in 2020 in India. Skoda is also working on the global version, which is expected to be unveiled in 2019. The small SUV will share design cues from the Vision X Concept, which was showcased as a design study for an ‘urban compact crossover’. The compact SUV will be powered by VW Group’s new 1.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine. Moreover, this engine will also be locally developed in India.
– Next-Gen Skoda Rapid
A mid-sized sedan will follow the compact SUV. Likely to be launched in 2021, the new mid-sized sedan is expected to be the next-gen Skoda Rapid. The Rapid has been one of the most successful models for the Czech automaker. This new sedan will use the localised MQB AO In platform and will be powered by a 1.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine. No diesel engine will be on offer.
– All-New Premium Hatchback
What’s interesting is that Skoda will again enter into the hatchback segment. It is expected that the next-gen Fabia could be the product; however, an all-new car could also make its way to Indian market. It will be the third Skoda to use the MQB AO IN platform. A possible launch in late 2021 or early 2022 can’t be ignored.