After the discontinuation of Yeti in India, Skoda is re-entering the SUV segment in the country. The SUVs are the most popular vehicles in India and Skoda is trying to tap into the ever growing segment.
Skoda will introduce the Kodiaq SUV in India by the end of this year. The SUV will also cement the carmaker's position in the premium segment. Globally, the Karoq will replace the Yeti and will be slotted below the Kodiaq.
Director of Sales, Service and Marketing, Skoda Auto India, Ashutosh Dixit stated that the Kodiaq would be the beginning of company's new SUV strategy. He also said that Skoda is evaluating the Karoq small SUV for India.
Skoda unveiled the Karoq SUV in May 2017; it is based on the Volkswagen Group's flexible MQB platform. It also shares parts and components with the Volkswagen Tiguan.
The engine options on the International-spec Karoq include a 1-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines and a 1.6-litre and 2-litre oil burners. The engines will be coupled to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The top-spec model also gets an all-wheel-drive system.
The compact SUVs are becoming extremely popular in the country. It was expected that Skoda would introduce the Karoq before launching the Kodiaq in India. But the automaker chose to bring the latter to India. Skoda is likely to launch the Karoq in 2018 in the country.