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New Skoda SUV confirmed for the Indian market. This new SUV will be based on the Vision X Concept and is expected to launch sometime in 2020. The Vision X Concept was first showcased at the Geneva Motor Show held earlier this year.
The new SUV will be part of Volkswagen's global MQB platform. For India, the SUV will be underpinned using a derivative of the global platform, called the MQB-A0-IN. The company is also looking into the heavy localisation of the SUV production, to keep a check of the overall cost.
According to Volkswagen, the new platform has been designed in a manner, that it satisfies all the requirements for the upcoming safety and crash test norms of 2020. The new Skoda SUV will also borrow certain body parts and panels from the Volkswagen T-Cross SUV.
The Indian-spec Skoda SUV will come with a host of features, similar to the ones seen on the T-Cross. Some of the features expected include a premium feature-packed cabin with a digital instrument cluster, reclining second-row seats and a large infotainment system among others.
The new Skoda SUV might also feature Volkswagen's new 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine, which has been heavily localised for the Indian market. The SUV will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta among other upcoming SUVs such as the Nissan Kicks and the Tata Harrier.
Apart from the new SUV plans for the Indian market, Skoda will also be taking charge of the ‘India 2.0' project from Volkswagen. This also means a major restructuring in the Volkswagen management, as part of the new project.
As part of the restructure, Gurupratap Boparia, Managing Director, Skoda Auto India will also take on the role of Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited from 1st January 2019.
Other changes also include Pavel Richter, Technical Director of Production, Volkswagen will now take charge of production responsibilities. Also, Andreas Lauermann, current President & MD, Volkswagen India while will be moved to the Volkswagen Group.
The company announced that the restructuring of the VW India group is for the upcoming year, subject to regulatory approvals. Once the restructuring takes place, Gurupratap Boparia will take the lead of the entire VW India group operations, allowing for a common strategy for the Indian market.
Thoughts On The New Skoda SUV For India
Skoda India is all set to take the lead from Volkswagen, in terms of bringing the right product into the Indian market. As part of the ‘India 2.0' project, Skoda will be introducing their first MQB platform based SUV. The new SUV, loosely based on the Vision X Concept will be introduced in India be 2020 and will rival the likes of the upcoming Tata Harrier and Nissan Kicks.