Skoda’s entry-level crossover will likely share underpinnings with Seat Arona and is expected to be based on MQB A0 platform
Skoda had already announced that its future assault will largely be based on the recently launched global SUVs such as Kodiaq and Karoq. The trendsetting SUV affection worldwide will help the Czech Republican brand to do more things with Kodiaq, the current flagship vehicle and the Karoq. While the former will be entering India in the final quarter of this year, Karoq is also under consideration for our emerging market with huge premium potential.
The VW-owned company is all set to be showing interest in expanding its SUV range as an all-new entry-level crossover is said to be in discussion. It is expected to combine the design of an SUV with the practicality of an estate according to Autocar’s report and excitingly we would not have to wait for long as a launch is on the cards in 2019.
In the global markets, it will be an alternative choice for Seat Arona and could compete against the likes of Nissan Juke and the recently introduced Hyundai Kona. While an electric version of the Kona is speculatively considered for India, we see no reason why the entry-level compact crossover from Skoda would not be launched here.
Any typical entry-level crossover will target the buyer potential in emerging markets and Volkswagen T-Roc too is largely tipped to enter our domestic scenes. Realising the volume capability and market observation, Skoda could be going this route in a similar fashion to other manufacturers as compact crossovers have received major attraction.
On the design front, it will have signature Skoda styling likely adapted from the Kodiaq and it is expected to sit on the MQB A0 architecture that underpins the new-generation Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza. As for the powertrain, it could derive some engines from the Seat Arona and is rumoured to give birth to a hybrid unit as well.
With choice of manual and automatic drivetrain, front wheel drive system will be standard. Skoda could use the same platform to bring in a replacement for Rapid but it is yet unsure how the launch time line laid out. We suspect the compact crossover could be positioned in the Rs. 15-20 lakh territory below the Tiguan to compete against Hyundai Creta and Mahindra XUV500 if/when it enters India.