Is there space for another product to fit in the highly competitive mid-size SUV segment that is currently dominated by the likes of Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Hyundai Creta, Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, et al? Skoda India certainly thinks so, as it is getting ready to launch its Vision IN SUV, which has been especially designed to suit Indian tastes and preferences.
Skoda Vision IN SUV concept is slated to make its international debut at 2020 Auto Expo, which is scheduled to be held from February 5-12. The SUV measures 4.26 metre in length, which is close to current generation Creta and Brazil-spec Volkswagen T-Cross. It utilizes an entirely new localized sub-compact platform that has been derived from MQB A0 IN modular transverse matrix. This platform is also being used for several other SKODA as well as Volkswagen models.
It may be recalled that as per INDIA 2.0 plan, Skoda Auto now looks after Volkswagen Group’s business in India. This partnership is aimed at reducing operational costs and seamless sharing of technology, engines and platforms.
Speaking about the sketch, Skoda says, “The first design sketch shows the dynamic front of the visually compelling SUV concept study. In addition to a wide bonnet, a large ŠKODA grille with solid ribs shapes the visual impression. The upper, very flat units of the split headlights progress directly to the grille. Beneath is a robustly designed front apron with large side air intakes and a massive front spoiler made of aluminium. The second sketch illustrates a clearly structured, distinctive rear with sharply contoured, three-dimensional rear lights; an additional horizontal light strip connects the reflectors. Illuminated ŠKODA lettering is prominently positioned in the centre of the rear; an aluminium diffuser is integrated into the rear apron underneath.”
From the sketch of Vision IN concept’s interiors recently released by Skoda, it’s clear that the SUV comes with a peppy design that would appeal to the young at heart. Interiors have a futuristic look and feel and come with a wide, multi-layered dashboard. Dual-tone colour scheme has been used, orange against grey and black, which creates an exciting contrast.
One of the unique aspects is the ventilation louvers that span along the entire width of the instrument panel. Chrome accents have been generously used all across the interiors to highlights specific parts and components. Another noticeable thing is a new crystalline element that is placed on the instrument panel to serve as an optical highlight. The SUV gets a virtual cockpit and a large, free-standing touchscreen infotainment system.
The multifunction steering wheel comes with a stylish three spoke design and integrates features such as lane assist, voice command, phone controls and cruise control. The centre console features a de-cluttered look and the only noticeable thing is the small control lever for gear selection.
Exteriors of Skoda Vision IN SUV are likely to be inspired by international-spec Skoda Kamiq. However, there can be some variations to suit Indian tastes and requirements. Some key features that are expected to be offered include panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, ambient lighting, drive modes, USB charging ports and rear AC vents.
Skoda Vision IN SUV will probably offer two petrol engine options, a 1.0 litre and a 1.5 litre turbo-petro unit. Diesel variant is unlikely, but a CNG variant could be a possibility. Launch in India is expected sometime later this year, or early next year.