Czech automaker, Skoda has showcased the new Vision IN SUV concept ahead of its public premiere at Auto Expo in Greater Noida. Besides Vision IN SUV, the company will also unveil the new Karoq premium SUV, updated Superb, Monte Carlo and Matte Concept of the Rapid 1.0 TSI, and the sporty Octavia RS 245. The Skoda Vision IN SUV previews the design language for the brand’s new, mid-sized family SUV. In this article we talk about the 10 interesting facts you should know about the upcoming Skoda Vision IN SUV –
The Vision IN production will commence towards the end of this year. The company has confirmed that an all-new SUV based on this production model will be launched in the country in early 2021.
MQB AO IN Platform
It will be the first production model to be based on the locally developed MQB AO IN platform. This is basically the Indianized version of the MQB AO platform, which underpins the global Volkswagen Polo, T-Cross and the Virtus sedan. This localized platform is a variant of Volkswagen Group’s MQB system, developed by Skoda Auto for use in India and specifically tailored to suit the tastes of Indian customers.
Skoda Vision IN concept SUV has a long wheelbase of 2,671mm, which allows the engineers to liberate extra room for the rear occupants. It sits above 4 meter in length, measuring 4,256mm in length and has a height of 1,589mm. The Vision IN features 19-inch alloy wheels fitted with 235/45 R19 tyres. Also See – Volkswagen Taigun Unveiled
The Vision IN Concept is equipped with a 1.5-litre TSI, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that churns out 150PS of maximum power and 250Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 7-speed DSG automatic. It is claimed to achieve 0-100kmph in just 8.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 195kmph.
The styling of the Vision IN SUV is inspired by the Kamiq SUV sold abroad. It comes with India-specific changes and has a bolder and more upright front. Upfront is a signature chrome-embellished Skoda grille, flanked by split projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights. Featuring angular bumper, the SUV gets larger air intakes and a three-slot skid plate. It has plastic cladding all around the body, while the prominent roof rails and large alloys give it a bolder profile.
The SUV gets straight roof line with panoramic glass roof and buffed aluminium roof rails offering sporty profile. There is a strong beltline that runs across the length, while the wheel arches are fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels. At the back, the SUV gets ‘SKODA’ lettering on the boot-lid, razor-sharp, L-shaped LED tail-lights with horizontal reflectors form the typical C-shaped light cluster. A crystalline strip of light runs across the width of the car. A rugged aluminium diffuser completes the lower section.
The cabin of the Skoda Vision IN is premium and feature-loaded, but the production model will have different design. It features a large 12.3-inch touchscreen display, which is compatible with modern-day connectivity features. It also gets virtual cockpit and shift-by-wire technology. It has dark grey interior scheme with contrasting orange inserts on the dashboard, central tunnel and on the door panels. The seats are covered with ruhubarb leather and orange oak leather seat covers.
The Skoda Vision IN Concept based SUV will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and the Kia Seltos. It will also challenge the entry-level variants of the MG Hector, Tata Harrier and the Jeep Compass.
Over 90% Localisation/ Price
Skoda has confirmed that the new Vision IN concept based mid-sized SUV will have a localisation levels of over 90 per cent. This will help the brand to price it competitively in the market. It is likely to be priced around Rs 10 lakh – Rs 15 lakh.
No diesel engine/ CNG could arrive
Skoda has confirmed that the new mid-sized SUV won’t be offered with a diesel powertrain. Besides 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, the SUV could also receive the 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 115bhp and 200Nm. Skoda has also looking at alternative fuel option, and petrol-CNG hybrid variant of the SUV could be launched in India.
7-speed DSG automatic gearbox
Projector headlamps with LED DRLs
19-inch alloy wheels
Aluminium brushed roof rails
Dual-zone climate control