Skoda and Volkswagen recently outlined their new plans for the Indian car market. As part of their new assault on the Indian roads, both Skoda and Volkswagen will be launching new vehicles in India that will mostly be based on the Polo’s MQB-A0 platform. New renders from Theophilus Chin, the famous automotive rendering artist, reveal what one of these Skoda cars, the Creta-rivalling 5-seater SUV, will look like when it hits Indian showrooms.
The upcoming 5-seater SUV seen in the renders will be the most affordable SUV from Skoda and will sit under the more premium Karoq and the flagship Kodiaq in the Czech carmaker’s lineup for India. A Volkswagen-branded and designed version of the SUV will also appear on Indian roads but will be priced at a premium compared to its Skoda sibling as is the case for cars from these two brands in India.
The renderings of the compact Skoda SUV show off design cues seen on the Kodiaq and Karoq SUVs. Up front, the signature Skoda butterfly grille is flanked by what appear to be LED headlamps with DRLs in a similar design to the ones on Skoda’s larger SUVs. The front bumper features a large air dam that stretches across its width.
The sides of the SUV are sculpted with a character line running across from the headlights to the tail lamps. Another contoured shape running across the door connects the flared wheel arches which play host to 16-inch alloy wheels. The roof rails add to the SUV’s character.
At the rear, the compact SUV features the dazzling C-shaped angular LED tail lamps first seen on the Kodiaq SUV, while plastic cladding runs across the length and breadth of the SUV’s bottom giving it a more rugged look.
The interiors of the SUV are expected to be highly specced with the latest Skoda infotainment setup available in a smaller package, while borrowing design cues from its larger siblings. A panoramic roof could be an option for top-spec variants.
The new Skoda SUV in the works is expected to draw power from a set of petrol engines and one diesel engine. The petrol powerplants are expected to be the turbo 1.0-litre and the 1.5-litre units found on the current VW group cars, while the oil-burner will be the tried and tested 1.6-litre TDI engine seen on the Rapid sedan.
The new Skoda SUV will feature heavy localization to keep its price down as part of the VW Group’s Rs 8,000 crore investment in India. However, we still expect the new Skoda and Volkswagen badged SUVs to command a higher price tag compared to the Hyundai Creta when it arrives in 2021 as part of the VW Group’s new wave of cars for India.