Skoda is currently heading the India 2.0 strategy of the Volkswagen Group. The Czechoslovakian car manufacturer will bring in a slew of cars in the Indian market to gain the market share. Skoda India Director – Sales, Service and Marketing, confirmed the launch of two all-new cars in the Indian market and their launch timeframe too. The first car that will be launched in the Indian market will be the Skoda Kamiq-based SUV, which will be Indian spec. At a later date, Skoda will launch the all-new Rapid notchback, which was recently launched in the international markets.
Zac Hollis confirmed that the first vehicle to be launched in the Indian market will be the Skoda Octavia RS. It will be launched in early 2020. However, it will be launched in a very limited number and is likely to be sold out within weeks of its launch. The next vehicle from the manufacturer to be launched in the Indian market will be an SUV that will be inspired by the Skoda Kamiq.
In the international markets, the Skoda Kamiq is based on the MQB platform, which makes it quite expensive for the Indian market. Skoda will launch the car on the India-specific MQB A0 IN platform that will ensure a competitive price tag on the car. The Skoda Kamiq will take on the likes of Jeep Compass, Hyundai Santa Fe and the likes in the Indian market. However, it will be longer than the international version of the Kamiq. The brand is expected to achieve up to 90 per cent localisation, which will again ensure a competitive price tag on the mid-size SUV.
The all-new vehicle will get powered by a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that will generate a maximum power of around 115 Bhp and peak torque fo 200 Nm. Skoda may not launch the diesel engine options in the market so the Kamiq will get CNG-powered alternatives instead.
Zac Hollis also confirmed the launch of the all-new Skoda Rapid, which was recently launched in the Russian market. However, it will get India-specific changes to make it cost-effective. Again, it will be based on the MQB-A0-IN platform. It is internally codenamed as ANB and will be around 100mm longer than the current-generation Skoda Rapid. The vehicle is likely to be inspired by the Volkswagen Virtus sedan with Skoda design highlights on it.
This Skoda Rapid replacement will be launched by the end of 2021. It will get a notchback design, which will add a sporty look to the car. Even this vehicle will get only a petrol engine and quite possibly a CNG-powered version. Skoda will also launch the all-new Octavia in the Indian market next year and Zac Hollis confirmed that it will launch in May 2020.