To be launched in 2021, this is the first Skoda car to be launched as part of India 2.0 project undertaken by Skoda Volkswagen Group India.
The Skoda Vision IN compact crossover concept made its world premiere at the VW Group Night ahead of Auto Expo 2020. The Hyundai Creta-rival subscribes to the family design language but features sharper elements.
While the exterior design looks production-ready it still sports certain concept-only features like illuminated grille, flush fitting door handles, and badges. The market-ready version is expected to use less chrome and settle for a mildly watered down version of the overall design.
The Vision IN Concept measures 4,256 mm in length, 2,671 mm in wheelbase and 1,589 mm in height. Design highlights include two-part LED headlamps, chrome scuff-plates with matching rear diffuser, edgy ORVMs with LED turn indicators, dual-tone alloy wheels, black plastic lower body cladding, inverted L-shaped LED taillight and thin light-strip that runs across the width of the car. The crossover concept also features a panoramic sunroof and chrome-finished roof rails.
The interior design appears to be farther away from production-spec than the exterior but the design and layout are expected to carried forward. The multi-layered dashboard adopts a fresh design with multiple colors and materials. A 12-inch touchscreen infotainment display takes the pride of place of the center console. The concept also features the Virtual Cockpit, the configurable color TFT instrument panel which has become a mainstay in modern VW Group cars.
The Skoda Vision IN concept is powered by a 1.5-liter TSI turbocharged petrol engine which is rated at 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The power is delivered to the front wheels via a 7-Speed DSG transmission. Skoda says that the concept can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 8.7 seconds.
To be underpinned by a heavily localized MQB A0 IN modular platform, the Skoda Vision IN’s production version will be pitted against the likes of Kia Seltos and next-gen Hyundai Creta. Premium features, top-notch build quality and aggressive pricing are expected to be its key selling points.
The production version would be ready sometime in 2021 and would be manufactured at VW Group’s Chakan facility. Skoda India’s local R&D facility is currently working intensely on developing this crossover. It will share its underpinnings with the VW Taigun which also debuted at the event.