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Skoda’s Creta rival spotted before official launch in 2021

Skoda is working on a range of cars for the Indian market. One of the biggest launches from the brand that will launch in the Indian market is the production version of the is Vision IN. The Vision IN will be the brand’s most-affordable SUV in the Indian market and will be positioned below Skoda Karoq in the Indian market. The production name of the Skoda Vision IN is not known yet.

The test car on the public roads spotted by DriveSpark had heavy camouflage, which is why the details like the design of the vehicle have not been revealed yet. However, the vehicle seems to be in near-production form. Skoda officially showcased the car in a concept form in February this year. The production version is likely to remain largely similar to the Vision IN concept. The all-new Skoda will be launched in the Q1 of 2021. Earlier, the car was scheduled to be launched in Q2 of 2021.

Skoda has taken the charge of India 2.0 strategy for the Volkswagen Group. The production version of the Vision IN will be launched under the same strategy. It will be made-in-India and will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks and the likes. Under India 2.0 strategy, the Volkswagen Group plans to increase its market share.

It will be built on the Volkswagen MQB-A0-IN platform that has been specially developed for the Indian market. It will be the most affordable SUV from the brand and might get an aggressive price tag too.

Since the production model is expected to remain very close to the Vision IN concept, it is likely to look quite sophisticated and young. To start with, the vehicle is likely to get the split headlamp set-up, which we have spotted in many new-age cars like the Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta and Hyundai Venue. The upper part of the lamps will serve as the main headlamp cluster with LED lamps and DRLs. The fog lamps will be located just below that giving a split look. The production version will look robust with body cladding, proper skid plates and roof rails.

At the front, there is a faux skid plate and same will be available in the rear too. The cabin will be loaded with features just like any other Skoda vehicle. It will come with a virtual cockpit with a massive 10.25-inch driver MID and a smaller 9.2-inch infotainment screen with futuristic Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The engine details have not been revealed too. However, Skoda will likely use a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. There will be no diesel engine options keeping up with the current model line-up of the brand. The 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol will produce around 108 Bhp and 175 Nm of peak torque while the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol will produce a maximum of around 150 Bhp and peak torque of around 250 Nm. Skoda may offer the 7-speed DSG automatic transmission with the more powerful version of the car.