Skoda India is currently working on a slew of launches for the Indian market. These are part of their India 2.0 strategy. The new cars will join Skoda’s line-up and will help in attracting more customers. Skoda is taking the Indian market quite seriously, they are expanding its service centres and dealerships as we speak. In a recent tweet, Zac Hollis, Director, Sales and Marketing head Skoda India confirmed that the manufacturer is working on 4 new car launches for the Indian market. All the new vehicles belong to different segments, helping Skoda in reaching different customers. Here are the 4 cars that Skoda will be launching in the next 12 months.
As we all know that the first launch from the Skoda Auto will be the much-awaited Kushaq which is a mid-size SUV and it will be launching on 18th March. It will be based on MQB A0 IN platform which the manufacturer developed specifically for India to lower the costs. Kushaq will also have one of the longest wheelbases in the segment which measures 2,671 mm. It will be offered with two petrol engine options. The 1.0-litre TSI will produce around 110 bhp of max power with a torque output of 175 Nm. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Then there will be the 1.5-litre TSI engine that will produce 150 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. It will be offered only with a 7-speed DSG Dual-Clutch automatic gearbox.
Kushaq will come with MyŠKODA Connect connected car technology, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system and hill hold control. The manufacturer will offer Electronic Stability Control and dual airbags as standard, while the side and curtain airbags will be optional.
Skoda Octavia used to be one of the best executive sedans in the Indian market. The new generation of the Octavia is expected to launch in the Indian market in second quarter of this year. The Octavia has been spied on the Indian roads without any camouflage and it does look elegant than the previous one. It will also be slightly larger than the previous Octavia although the wheelbase is expected to stay the same. Powering the Octavia will be the 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine capable of producing 190 PS of max power and 320 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a 7-speed DCT Dual Clutch automatic gearbox. There is also a chance that Skoda offers the 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine that produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque.
The Kodiaq is the flagship of the Skoda Auto. The SUV was discontinued because of the BS6 emission norms. However, the SUV is expected to make a return with a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine that will comply with the stricter BS6 emmision norms. The engine will produce 190 PS of max power and 320 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a 7-speed DCT Dual Clutch automatic gearbox. There are chances that Skoda might also offer a 4×4 powertrain with the Kodiaq. The SUV should get launched by mid of 2021.
New C+ segment sedan
Skoda is testing the Rapid with a CNG powertrain but they are also working on an entirely new sedan that will be sitting above the ageing Rapid. The new sedan will have larger dimensions than the current Rapid because it will be based on the MQB AO IN platform. It is the same platform that the upcoming Kushaq will be using. The new sedan should get launched by the end of 2021.