Amidst the phase-4 of lockdown, Skoda India will launch three new cars in the Indian market. Skoda has announced that all the three new cars will be launched on May 26 and it will be launched online. No physical event will take place. The BS6 compliant Karoq and Rapid were scheduled to launch last month but due to the pandemic, the launch has been delayed. Here are details of all the three cars that will be launched next week.
The all-new Karoq was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo and will be the brand’s most affordable SUV in the Indian market. It will rival the Jeep Compass in the Indian market and it will be launched in a single variant. The all-new Karoq will get powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 150 PS and peak torque of 250 Nm. The engine will come with a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. Since it will be sold in a single variant, the car will come with a long list of features. The Karoq will come with a panoramic sunroof, Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster and a massive 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The car will also get dual-zone climate control, nine airbags and many more safety features. The Karoq will be imported as a completely built-up unit, which will attract a higher tax. The Karoq is expected to get a price tag of around Rs 24 lakhs in the Indian market.
Skoda will launch the Superb facelift in the Indian market and it will get a restyled front-end. The sedan will come with a restyled bumper, new sharper looking headlamps, a revised grille and a tweaked rear with more use of chrome. The facelifted Superb will be launched in two variants – Sportline and Laurin and Klement (L&K). The Sportline variant will be the sportier version of the car. Skoda will offer an all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 190 PS. Both the variants will only offer 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. The base price is expected to be around Rs 30 lakhs.
Skoda will launch the updated Rapid with the new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Skoda will not offer any diesel version of the Rapid in the Indian market. The new engine will generate a maximum power of 110 PS and peak torque of 175 Nm. It is the same engine that also powers the Vento and the Polo. Skoda will initially offer the car with a manual transmission and will later offer a 6-speed automatic transmission.