Skoda, the Czechoslaviakian manufacturer has been present in the Indian market for a long time now. Skoda is currently spearheading India 2.0 strategy for the Volkswagen Group and will launch a slew of new cars in the market to increase the market share. Skoda has already confirmed the name of a few cars that will be launched in the Indian market in the coming time. Zac Hollis, the Director, Sales and Service, Skoda India announced on Twitter that Skoda will bring in five new vehicles to the Indian market in 2020. Here are the vehicles that are expected to be launched in the market.
Skoda Octavia vRS 245
The Skoda Octavia vRS has a huge fan following in India. Last time the car came to the India market, it got sold out before many enthusiasts could buy the car. Skoda has announced that they will launch the car again in the Indian market and this time only 200 units will be launched in the market. The new version of the Octavia vRS will be launched at the 2020 Auto Expo. It will be a CBU version and the price is expected to be around Rs 35 lakhs. It will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum of 245 PS and peak torque of 370 Nm. It gets a 7-speed DSG transmission. The new Octavia vRS can do 0-100 km/h in just 6.6 seconds!
It will be the first SUV from the brand to be launched in the Indian market next year. The all-new Skoda Karoq will be assembled in Aurangabad and it will be bought to India in CKD form. The Karoq will be based on the MQB platform. The SUV will get a price tag of under Rs 20 lakhs and it is expected to get powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.0-litre diesel engine.
Skoda has launched the all-new Rapid in the Russian market but it will take quite some time to reach the Indian shores. Till then, Skoda will launch an update of the current-generation Rapid in the Indian market. It will be launched before the BS6 emission norm get implemented in the Indian market. The new BS6 compliant Skoda Rapid will come powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The 1.5-litre diesel engine that powers the current version of the Rapid will not be available in the market anymore. There will be a few cosmetic changes too.
Skoda will launch the facelifted version of the Superb in the Indian market in May 2020 as confirmed by Zac Hollis. The new car gets sharper front-end with a few more cosmetic changes on the exterior. The cabin will also get an update. The facelifted version of the Skoda Superb will get powered by the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that will develop around 230 PS of maximum power. The diesel variants of the Skoda Superb will not be available with the facelifted version.
The brand will also launch the facelifted version of the Octavia in the Indian market. Zac Hollis confirmed that the new Ocatvia will be launched by the end of this year or in early 2021. The facelifted version of the Octavia gets updated front-end with new grille and headlamps. The interior also gets thoroughly updated and looks very futuristic now. Skoda is expected to offer the 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engine options.