Skoda plans three new SUVs for India; the all-new Kodiaq full-sized SUV, New-gen Yeti and T-Cross Based SUV are the products in the pipeline
Volkswagen and Skoda are planning to bring in new SUVs for the Indian market as the demand for premium products mounting to a new high. As Volkswagen works on a Hyundai Creta rival, Skoda is also mulling over its own version based on the same MQB A0 front-wheel drive platform reportedly. It could be positioned below the Volkswagen compact SUV, which is likely to share underpinning with the new generation Polo.
The Skoda compact SUV is said to be a joint project with Volkswagen, much like the scenario with Vento and Rapid sedans. As with the traditional norms of Skoda, its version of the SUV will be spacious inside the cabin. The next product is the much touted Kodiaq premium SUV based on the Vision S concept’s design language. It will share the MQB A+ platform and reach the Indian showrooms in the middle parts of next year.
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Slotted alongside the Superb, it is more likely to carry a price tag in the region between Rs 22 lakh and Rs 30 lakh. The global debut is due for Paris Motor Show in the beginning of October and is expected to share underpinnings with the Volkswagen Tiguan.
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To be offered in both five-seater and seven-seater avatars, it measures 4.7 metres in length and has a wheelbase of 2,760 mm. The equipment list will comprise of SmartLink platform with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLinkTM and SmartGate, Volkswagen Group’s second-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix with capacitive touchscreens and Skoda Connect App, 12-inch digital instrument panel, vertically positioned 8-inch screen in the central console, Tow Assist system, predictive pedestrian protection function, Parking Distance Control, etc.
Sourced from Superb, the 1.8-litre TSI 16V DOHC four-pod petrol and 2.0-litre TDI CR 16V DOHC four-cylinder turbo diesel powertrains could be found under the bonnet. A six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox will be assigned with the transmission duties. Third on Skoda’s list is the upcoming new generation Skoda Yeti.
It will rather be closely aligned with the Seat Ateca as VW Group looks to reduce the development costs during the making of these products. It will be a distinct variation from the existing Yeti and is speculated to have 4.36 m length with 2,600 mm wheelbase – emphasising a spacious interior.