After unveiling the Karoq and Kodiaq, Skoda is now planning to launch an all-new small SUV. The small crossover will be slotted below the Karoq and it will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB-AO platform. This is the same platform that also underpins the new VW Polo and the upcoming T-Cross compact SUV. If media reports are to be believed, the small SUV will be launched in 2019.
It was speculated that Skoda’s new compact SUV will be based on the Fabia hatchback. However, recent reports suggest that the Czech automaker will use the flexible MQB-AO platform to deliver on its key brand strength of clever practicality. Now, the vehicle is expected to be developed on the next generation Rapid Spaceback, which is scheduled to be launched in late 2018. Also Read – Skoda Karoq | Skoda Kodiaq
The SUV is expected to be slightly longer than the VW T-Cross. It is likely to measure around 4.2 meter in length, which makes it the longest in its league. The SUV is expected to have a wheelbase of around 2,600mm, which will help the maker to offer more cabin space for rear occupants. The new sub-Karoq SUV is likely to be offered in both regular form and as a Scout, which will be equipped with plastic body cladding to offer a tougher look.
The SUV will come with front-wheel drive system, but an all-wheel-drive model could also make its way. It is expected to share its engine specs with the upcoming T-Cross and Rapid Spaceback. Engine options likely to include a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder and a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engines, and a 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine.
If reports are to be believed, Volkswagen Group is planning to locally develop the MQB platform in India. The local development of this platform will allow VW to bring its global cars like new Polo, Virtus, T-ROC and T-Cross in India. Adding to it, Skoda could also launch this compact SUV in India. This small SUV will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and others in its league.
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Source – AutoExpress