Czech automaker, Skoda is leading the Volkswagen Group’s India Plan 2.0. The company is responsible for the local development of the MQB AO IN platform, which will underpin a wide range of VW Group products in India. The Czech automaker will also launch 3-4 brand new models in our market by 2021. Coming early next year, the company will launch the long-awaited Karoq SUV in India. Adding to it, the company’s new compact SUV based on the Kamiq SUV will also arrive in our market in 2020.
The Skoda Karoq will go on sale in our market in the first quarter of 2020. It will be imported via a CKD route and will be assembled at the brand’s Aurangabad facility. The Karoq is built on the Volkswagen Group’s versatile MQB platform, which underpins a range of models including the Skoda Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan. In terms of proportions, the SUV is 4,382mm in length, 1,814mm in width and 1,605mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,638mm. The SUV has a ground clearance of 200mm.
It comes with a boot space of 521-litres, which can be further extended up to 1,810-litres by folding the rear seats completely. It will be powered by a tried & tested 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. The company could also launch the petrol version of the SUV, which is likely to receive the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine. Both these engines will be compliant with the BSVI emission norms. Adding to it, both manual and automatic gearbox options will be on offer.
The first model to be based on the heavily localised MQB AO In platform will be unveiled at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo. The company will unveil an all-new compact SUV, which is most likely to borrow design from the Kamiq SUV. The SUV for our market will be bigger and will come with India-specific changes. It will be powered by a BSVI compliant 1.5-litre petrol engine. Skoda could also launch this SUV with a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Adding to it, the new model will also receive the CNG hybrid option.