Skoda India is planning to launch 3 new vehicles in the next couple of years under 2.0 strategy, to be based on India-specific MQB AO IN platform
Skoda is tasked to lead the Volkswagen Group’s India Plan 2.0 strategy, which involves readying new India-oriented vehicles and platforms. In fact, the Czech carmaker has already been working on a new MQB AO IN platform, which is a heavily localized version of the internationally acclaimed MQB architecture. Reportedly, Zac Hollis, Direct, Sales and Marketing, Skoda India has revealed that there are at least 3 upcoming Skoda cars in India that will launch by the end of 2021.
1. Skoda Karoq
Expected Launch Date – Q1, 2020
Expected Price – Rs 19 lakh – Rs 24 lakh (ex-showroom)
The first of the three upcoming Skoda cars in India will be the Karoq SUV, which will launch in the first quarter of 2020 and an Auto Expo 2020 launch can also not be ruled out. The SUV will come to us via CKD route and will be assembled at the company’s Aurangabad facility. The Skoda Karoq is underpinned by the company’s MQB platform that the SUV shares with the Kodiaq. Powering the vehicle is the tried and tested 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. The company could even launch a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine option.
2. Skoda Kamiq
Expected Launch Date – Q1, 2021
Expected Price – Rs 12 lakh – Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom)
Another Skoda SUV that is headed to India is the Kamiq compact SUV. It will become the smallest SUV in its company’s lineup, which means it will be more affordable than the Karoq. To price the model aggressively, Skoda India will make use of the MQB AO IN platform.
The India-specific small SUV could be unveiled as a pre-production prototype at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020. The international-spec version, which made its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, will lend some design cues to the India model.
However, the local version will be bigger in size and could have a more butch appearance. Engine options will include a BSVI-compliant 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated and 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The SUV will even offer a CNG version.
3. Skoda Rapid Replacement
Expected Launch Date – Q4, 2021
Expected Price – Rs 9 lakh – Rs 4 lakh (ex-showroom)
The last model in our list of upcoming Skoda Cars in India is the replacement model of the brands best selling car in India. The C2-segment sedan will be underpinned by the company’s MQB AO IN platform and will feature a much more modern look than the current Rapid. The India-spec model could borrow several design cues from the MOB AO-based Volkswagen Virtus. It will be sold with a 1.5-litre petrol engine. A CNG variant could also go on sale.