Skoda is considering a low cost hatchback for the Indian market. The car, if greenlit for production, will be based on the new MQB A0 platform that Skoda is developing for its future range of low cost cars in India. Skoda’s head of finance, Klaus-Dieter Schuermann, has indicated that the new car will be not be a Renault Kwid rival, and will be a little more sophisticated. It’s likely that the new car that Skoda will build for India will be a Swift rival instead.
Meanwhile, here’s what Mr. Scheurmann said,
A future small Skoda or VW for India, however, would be more expensive than the Kwid. The Kwid is not really our competitor vehicle. We see ours as a bit more sophisticated. Renault has found its own way, but that wouldn’t be quite the standard we’re looking at.
Bernhard Maier, CEO, Skoda Auto, said,
Volkswagen Group subsidiary Skoda will decide whether to develop a low-cost version on the small-car platform by mid-2018.
So, a decision on the new hatchback from Skoda for the Indian market will come by the middle of the year. The confirmed cars from Skoda for India include a new compact SUV that will take on the Hyundai Creta, a C-Segment sedan that will replace the Rapid, and a premium hatchback that will challenge the likes of the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20. Skoda will lend these cars to Volkswagen as well, but the actual development and manufacture of these cars will be handled by the Czech automaker.
From 2018 to about 2020, Skoda won’t introduce new budget cars in India. The Rapid is expected to see a facelift or two. A similar scene will play out with Volkswagen as well. The next big car from Skoda is the Karoq SUV that will take on the Jeep Compass and the Hyundai Tucson. The Karoq will be launched next year. Likewise, Volkswagen is expected to launch facelifted models of the Polo and Vento until all-new cars arrive. The Tiguan could get a mid life makeover by 2020.