Skoda India will show the India-spec version of the Vision X compact SUV at the 2020 Auto Expo. This SUV was first unmasked at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in concept form. At the 2020 Auto Expo as well, the Vision X will be shown in concept form. The production version, which will have a different name, will make its debut in India later in 2020.
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The Vision X compact SUV’s production version will be the first car from the Volkswagen group to use the MQB A0 platform. This platform is a low cost derivative of the MQB platform, and is meant for emerging markets such as India and Brazil. The MQB A0 platform is being developed by Skoda India, which has been tasked with adapting this platform for emerging markets, and also increasing the level of localization to up to 95 %.
What this also means is that the Skoda Vision X SUV’s production version will have a competitive price tag. Service costs are also expected to be quite competitive thanks to the heavy localization. In terms of pricing, the new Skoda compact SUV will rub shoulders with the Hyundai Creta – currently India’s best selling compact SUV in the 4 meter+ segment.
Also, the Skoda SUV will be different from the European version in length. For the Indian market, the SUV is expected to have a length of about 4.2 meters, which will make it over 100 mm longer than European-spec version. A reclining back seat and better legroom will be other differentiating features that make the India-spec Skoda SUV more suited to the market here.
The Volkswagen group will make a strategic move away from diesel engines from the launch of the new Skoda compact SUV. A 1.5 liter direct injection petrol engine, which will meet Bharat Stage 6 emission norms, and make about 120- 130 Bhp of peak power, will replace the 1.5 liter TDI turbo diesel motor. The petrol engine is expected to be offered with manual and twin clutch automatic gearbox options.
The Skoda Vision X SUV’s production version is expected to be front wheel driven across the range. An all wheel drive layout is unlikely to be offered as the demand for such variants in the Indian market is quite low. This is an approach that the segment leader Hyundai Creta has followed. The Skoda Compact SUV will be followed by a similar offering but with a Volkswagen badge. Both vehicles will extensively share parts and platform, and will be built at Volkswagen’s Chakan factory, off Pune.
In terms of pricing, the Volkswagen-badged version of the Skoda Vision X is expected to sit higher. This is in tune with the traditional pricing model of the Volkswagen group, which positions Volkswagen-badged cars higher than equivalent Skoda models Even the Volkswagen-badged compact SUV will take on the Hyundai Creta. Apart from the new SUV, Skoda and Volkswagen will launch replacements to the Rapid and Vento sedans respectively. The Volkswagen compact SUV and the sedans from both brands will arrive in 2021.