The compact SUV from Skoda could be launched by the end of this decade and is expected to take design cues from bigger siblings
Skoda will be introducing brand new vehicles in the domestic market in the near future and as we said earlier they will be based on the low-cost platform specifically engineered for emerging markets. It is based on the highly flexible MQB architecture and is expected to spawn a variety of products to help Skoda enter into a number of popular segments across the globe.
The platform will be shared with Volkswagen as both global automakers try to leverage the maximum out of this new development. Initially, Skoda badged cars are expected to be rolled out ahead of VW’s and they will be positioned firmly in volume capacity segments. Internet reports suggest that a premium SUV rivalling Hyundai Creta is well on the cards.
The prospect of an SUV lured our attention by a big margin. Skoda is trying to implement its latest global strategy into India as the success of Kodiaq and Karoq would have made them think about a similar idea only within a constrained price range – the very reason why a new platform is being developing pondering over the long-term survival.
The compact premium SUV space currently led by Hyundai Creta will see new rivals such as a potential Maruti Suzuki Vitara, Tata H5X based SUV and one each from upcoming brands like Kia and MG in an year or two. Therefore, Skoda will be stepping in a segment that gets all bunched up very soon and it won’t be too easy to get the better of established competition if history is anything to go by.
It is only logical to think that the Czech Republican automaker will debut its compact SUV following the arrival of BS6 emission compliance across the board. Its styling could be influenced by the bigger siblings Kodiaq and Karoq as the latter is expected to be launched here sometime next year as well. Skoda might pursue a radical route and introduce small capacity turbocharged engines ditching the existing lineup as well reportedly.