Skoda has just revealed the Vision IN concept SUV, which is based on the Skoda Kamiq. The Vision IN concept is expected to be put into production sometime later this year, and will be the brand’s most affordable SUV. It will challenge the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta in the compact SUV segment. Expect prices to start from Rs. 10 lakh. It’ll be a petrol-only SUV, and will be available with both manual and automatic gearboxes. Here are some pictures straight from the unveil.
From up front, the Skoda Vision IN looks quite butch and muscular, and the grille is the biggest standout element. Other butch bits include edgy bumpers and cladding. The wheels are 21 inch units on the concept, but the production version is likely to have much smaller 16 inch wheels. The sides of the Vision IN also get cladding that goes around to the rear bumper, and the rising window line gives the SUV a very purposeful stance.
The rear gets some more bling with a massive tail-lamp sitting below the conventionally placed tail lamp. The secondary tail lamp may not make it to the production model. Overall, the Vision IN is quite a handsome looker and the production version is likely to look about 85 % similar.
While the concept gets a 1.5 liter TSI turbo petrol engine with a 150 PS output, the production version will get a much smaller, 1.0 liter-3 cylinder TSI turbo petrol engine with about 115 Bhp-200 Nm. Skoda seems to be taking a torque heavy route with the new turbo petrol engine, which will also be offered in the Rapid. Two gearbox options are likely: a 6 speed manual and a 7 speed DSG twin clutch automatic.
The Vision IN’s production version is meant mainly for road use, and the added ground clearance is meant to make potholes and speed breakers easy to negotiate. The SUV is front wheel driven and gets a monocoque body. Going by Skoda’s standards, the production version should be very well built. So, it’ll be a great wait for those interested in a solidly built Skoda SUV that’s fun to drive, and on offer at an affordable price tag.
The Vision IN concept gets an interior scheme that’s very cheery, mainly because of the orange coloured bits. It’ll loud to a lot of people and the production version is expected to feature similar interiors but with much subdued colour. Skoda is expected to launch this SUV in India by the end of this year.