Skoda is working on a new mid-size sedan for the Indian market. It is supposed to be launched in the Indian market by the end of this year. This information has been shared by Zac Hollis, who is the director of Sales, Service & Marketing for Skoda India. The new sedan has been now spied for the very first time on the Indian roads.
The new sedan will be based on the MQB-AO-IN platform which is a localized version of the global MQB-AO platform that used in various vehicles. The Indian version was specifically made to lower the costs of the vehicles and improve localization levels. The first vehicle to use the MQB-AO-IN platform is the Kushaq mid-size SUV that was unveiled recently. The upcoming Volkswagen Taigun will also be sharing the same platform. This will help in keeping the manufacturing costs down.
The new sedan has been codenamed ANB and is currently in development. It will be longer and wider than the current Rapid which should open up more space inside the cabin. The new sedan is expected to be 100 mm longer to be precise. It will also be positioned above the Rapid as it will be a more premium offering from the manufacturer. There are high chances that the new sedan will be a notchback just like the Octavia. It essentially means that the boot will be mounted like a hatchback but the body type will be of a sedan. This helps in increasing the practicality and boot space of the vehicle.
The manufacturer also filed a trademark for the ‘Slavia’ name which could be used for the upcoming sedan as Skoda already has a Slavia sedan in the international markets.
From the spy shots, it seems like the new sedan will be taking quite a bit of design inspiration from the international Slavia. In the spy shots, we can see that the sedan is using halogen units for its headlamps and fog lamps. The headlamps look quite large just like the international Slavia. We can see Skoda’s butterfly grille, which is quite big and there is a wide rectangular air dam in the front bumper. Having said that in the spy shots, it seems that the sedan is using circular fog lamps whereas the international Slavia comes with rectangular fog lamps.
Then there are the rear tail lamps which are expected to come with LED lighting. The design should also be angular just like we have seen on the recent Octavia and the Kushaq. We can also see the sedan using a shark-fin antenna. However, we would have to wait for the manufacturer to reveal the sedan officially, then only we would be able to see what the production-spec sedan looks like.
Powering the sedan will be the same petrol engine options as the Skoda Kushaq. So, there will be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI engine. The 1.0-litre TSI produces 115 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 200 Nm. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The 1.5-litre TSI produces a max power output of 150 PS and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. It is expected to be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG gearbox.