Just a few weeks back, Skoda and Volkswagen revealed new plans for India. Part of this plan was an investment of Rs 8,000 crores which will oversee the launch of new cars in India – most of them based on the entry level VW Polo’s MQB-A0 platform.
One of the cars to be launched under this platform is an family-sized 5 seater SUV. This new SUV will be offered with both Volkswagen and Skoda badges, but underneath will be same – similar to what we see in today’s Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid.
A rendering of this new entry level SUV based on the new gen MQB platform has been shared online. Created by Theophilus Chin, the rendering gives a decent idea as to what the upcoming Skoda SUV could look like.
This new, yet to be named SUV, will be positioned under the Karoq and Kodiaq, though it will borrow styling from each of these SUVs. Its front end will be dominated by a signature Butterfly radiator grille with double vertical slats. Twin headlamps with DRLs on top and angular lights will also be evident along with a wide lower grille with silver accents.
A silver skid plate, distinctive character lines, 16” alloy wheels, an anthracite roof for a contrasting effect, panoramic glass roof, large fenders and a twin rear light set up will also be a part of its exterior features.
Based on the concept which was showcased, one can guess the interiors will receive a two spoke flat bottom steering wheel, central display for infotainment and an efficient central console to give it a futuristic stance.
Engine specifications could include 1.0 and 1.5 TSI petrol engine along with a 1.6 TDI diesel. There is however little possibility of an AWD system on this model. Thanks to heavy localization, launch price will be competitive. Expect it to be in the range of Rs 10 lakhs. At this price range, it will be able to rightly compete with existing cars like the Hyundai Creta, and also the new ones which are soon to be launched – Tata Harrier, VW SUV, Maruti Vitara, Ford Territory, etc.
Expected to be launched in India by 2021, this new SUV is one of the many new cars planned by Skoda and Volkswagen in India. The two companies are aiming to increase their market share here, thanks to these new launches.