Leading the ‘India 2.0’ strategy for the whole Volkswagen Group, Skoda will launch a slew of vehicles in the Indian market this year. Apart from the sedans like the Rapid and the Octavia 245 RS, Skoda will focus on the SUVs, which are becoming popular in India. Their first SUV that will be launched in the Indian market will be the Karoq and it will be launched in April 2020, just after the BS6 emission norms come into place.
The Skoda Karoq will be launched in the Indian market as a Completly Built Unit (CBU) initially. However, after assessing the demand for the vehicle, we may get to see the car coming in as CKD, which will reduce the price of the vehicle and make it competitive in the segment. The Skoda Karoq will target the likes of Jeep Compass in the Indian market but the price of the vehicle is expected to be around Rs 18-20 lakhs because it will be imported. The Indian government has allowed manufacturers to launch their products in the Indian market up to 2,500 units without the need for homologating it and Skoda will utilise this rule to launch the Karoq.
The Karoq looks very much like the Kodiaq in terms of design but there is a stark difference in the size. It gets large alloy wheels to add the butch stance. Skoda will launch the Karoq to replace the Yeti, which was discontinued from the market years ago. The cabin also looks well laid out just like other Skoda cars in the market. It offers soft-touch panels and much intelligently designed parts.
Skoda has not revealed much about the vehicle that will be launched in the Indian market but it is likely to get a single variant that will offer a long list of features. The vehicle was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo and it attracted a lot of visitors too. The Karoq is 4.3 metre in length similar to the length of the Jeep Compass.
The car will come powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 150 PS and peak torque of 250 Nm. Since it will be launched in s single variant, Skoda will offer the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission with the car. There will not be any diesel variant or manual version of the model in the Indian market. Skoda also offers the car in 4X4 version in the international market but we will not get the same in India.