Skoda India sales in 2018 failed to continue with the same growth momentum it registered in 2017. In 2018, Skoda India car sales stood at 17,244 units, as per a report by Economic Times. In 2017, the company had sold 17,438 cars in India. Compared to 2016, sales in 2017 grew by 30%.
But 2018 was one of the biggest year for Skoda in India. The company announced huge investment plans, launched a new strategy, took control of Volkswagen in India, revealed plans to launch new cars, etc.
One of the new cars Skoda plans to launch in India next year, is the Karoq SUV. It sits below the Kodiaq, but above the recently unveiled Kamiq. Both Kodiaq and the Kamiq are headed to India. Of the two, Karoq will be the first one to be launched in India. Kamiq will be a rival to the likes of Hyundai Creta, while Karoq will take on Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier.
Skoda Karoq is a five seater, mid size SUV. It will be positioned on the MQB platform and in terms of looks, it will be a scaled down version of the Kodiaq.
It gets a panoramic sun roof, all LED headlamps, fog lamps and wrap around LED tail lights with integrated reflectors on the bumper. It will measure 4,382mm in length, 1,814mm in width and 1,605m in height, with a wheelbase measuring 2,638mm and a ground clearance of 200mm. The Skoda Karoq will offer boot space of 521 liters to be further enhanced to 1,810 liters by folding the rear seats.
Interiors will get loaded with features with quality fittings and a comfortable cabin for upto 5 adults with sufficient head, leg and shoulder room. It will be seen with ambient lighting and a large 12.3” TFT instrument cluster.
Skoda Auto has ambitious plans to increase sales in India by 2023. This is a part of the India 2.0 strategy, under which the Czech automaker targets a four-fold increase in sales in a bid to corner 3 percent of the market share in the country. The project also includes expansion of dealer base from a current 63 outlets in 54 cities to 130 outlets in 100 cities.