New renders of Skoda VISION IN SUV out; Will rival Hyundai Creta

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Skoda showcased the Vision IN Concept at the Auto Expo 2020. The new SUV will be rivalling the mid-size SUVs such as the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, MG Hector and the Tata Harrier. The Vision IN SUV has been spied on the Indian roads being tested quite a few times. It is expected that the new SUV will hit the Indian market sometime next year. Here we have a new digital render that looks close to the Concept, but it has been tweaked to make it road legal.

The split headlamp design that we have seen on the Skoda Kodiaq and Karoq is continued here. So, the LED Daytime Running Lamp is placed above and the LED headlamp takes the lower position. Then you have the butterfly grille, which is surrounded by chrome lining. In the lower half, there is a wide air dam and a faux skid plate. The mesh pattern has been continued on the fake fog lamp housing that is there for just visual purposes because Vision IN does not come with fog lamps. The side profile gets chunky plastic cladding for SUV looks and chrome belt running around the window lining. The roof has been finished in Black and it also gets roof rails. There is no information available if the roof rails are functional or not. The alloy wheel design has been carried over from the Vision IN Concept. At the rear, we can see new wraparound LED tail lamps with wide Skoda badging that is spelt out. There are reflectors, a chunky bumper, rear spoiler and a faux skid plate.

The interior will get premium products than competitors. So, there are chances that Skoda might use some soft-touch materials for the dashboard and door pads. It will get a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Skoda will also be offering Smartlink+ smartphone technology. The higher variants of the Vision IN will also get a fully digital TFT screen instead of traditional dials for the instrument cluster. There will be features like automatic climate control, LED headlamps and tail lamps, cruise control, traction control, stability program, ABS with EBD, multiple airbags and much more. The new SUV is based on the highly localized and modular MQB A0 IN platform which is specifically developed for India. This new platform will help in lowering the cost of Volkswagen and Skoda cars as it is the part of India 2.0 plan of Skoda. So, the same platform will be used for Volkswagen Taigun and some upcoming cars from both the manufacturers.

Powering the Skoda Vision IN will be two petrol engines. There will be the 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine that we have seen on the Volkswagen Polo TSI, Skoda Rapid and the Volkswagen Vento. The engine produces 108 bhp of max power and 175 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. There will also be the 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine on offer which is available on the Skoda Karoq and the Volkswagen T-Roc. The engine is capable of producing 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque and will be offered on higher variants only. It comes mated to a 7-speed DSG Dual-Clutch Automatic gearbox. The new SUV will be positioned above the Skoda Rapid but below the Skoda Karoq. We expect that the Skoda Vision IN will be priced around Rs. 16 to Rs. 18 lakhs ex-showroom.

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