Skoda today unveiled the Vision IN SUV concept at the Auto Expo 2020. The mid-size SUV is still in the ‘concept’ stage but we expect the production version to be pretty close, at least as far as the exteriors are concerned. Don’t expect 21-inch wheel though.
The Vision IN based SUV is likely to launch in the first half of 2021. The Vision IN will be built on the same platform as the Volkswagen Taigun compact SUV.
The design is typical Skoda—wide, squarish, toothy multi-slat grille with sleek LED headlamps. There are large air dams in the front bumper that add to the look. The imposing looks are further accentuated by the flared wheel arches, roof rails, black side cladding, and strong shoulder line. The Skoda name plate runs right across the rear which has inverted L-shaped taillights.
On the inside, the interiors, with Orange accents are refreshing and youthful. We hope Skoda retains them for the production version. Skoda has put a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system placed as a floating unit and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.
The SUV will be powered by a BS6-compliant 1.0-litre (115PS/200Nm) TSI petrol engine that will be made locally in India. This will replace the current 1.2 litre workhorse. There will also be a bigger, more powerful 1.5-litre TSI unit with 150PS/250Nm.
Both the engines will get a manual and a DSG (dual-clutch automatic) automatic transmission option. Skoda is likely to offer a CNG version of the compact SUV as well. There won’t be any diesels though.
The SUV will be front-wheel drive only though its sibling Kamiq has a 4-wheel drive version. However, higher ground clearance and a good chassis should make it an ideal car for bad roads. Given Skoda’s reputation for building solid fun-to-drive cars with great ride quality and practicality, Vision IN is one SUV to look forward to.
Skoda Vision IN, when launched, will be entering a highly competitive segment but the good news is that the segment has been the fastest growing and SUVs in general are set to overtake hatchbacks as number 1 auto category. Skoda Vision IN will compete with Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks and VW Taigun. We expect it to be priced in between Rs 10 lakh and 16 lakh.