Czech automaker Skoda is planning to develop a low-cost Eco platform for the Indian market. Autocar India reports that the company will introduce the Hyundai Creta rival based on the same platform in 2020.
The currently used MQB platform is proving to be expensive, so Volkswagen Group will alter it for emerging markets like India. The new platform is named as Eco platform which will spawn several products.
The first model to be built on the Eco platform is likely to be a five-seater midsize SUV to rival the likes of Hyundai Creta. Volkswagen and Skoda will develop their SUVs but will share the same powertrain and mechanical components.
The next model based on the Eco platform will be a mid-size sedan which is likely to replace the Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid. Skoda will also enter the hatchback segment by 2022.
With the Volkswagen's 1.5-litre diesel engine expected to be phased out before 2020, the automaker will need a new diesel unit which is a key factor for the success of an SUV. Volkswagen could use a downsized version of the 2-litre diesel engine or outsource it from another manufacturer.
Under the first phase of the production plan, Volkswagen and Skoda are expected to introduce three new models in the SUV, sedan and hatchback segment. The report also states that Skoda will re-engineer the MQB platform by removing irrelevant technology.
Skoda is all set to launch its first full-size SUV, the Kodiaq in India which is based on the MQB platform. Now, the automaker is planning to develop a low-cost platform to strengthen its position in the emerging markets. Expect the new products to be affordable as it will be based on the Eco architecture.