Czech automaker Skoda has been mulling to introduce new products in India, and we had also reported about the development of a new small car. Now, more details about Skoda's new products for India has been revealed.
Autocar India reports that Skoda will spearhead the development of new products for Volkswagen Group in the country. An official announcement will be made in the coming months.
The new models will be based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform and will be manufactured in India. The first product from Skoda, based on the MQB platform is likely to be the production version of the Vision X concept model.
Skoda revealed the Vision X concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and it is an India-bound model. Skoda will tweak the design and features to meet the Indian conditions.
Head of Design of Skoda, Oliver Stefani revealed that the company is planning to introduce a new model which will be based on the Vision X concept with more space in the rear. This statement suggests that the India-spec production version of the VisionX will be lengthy in terms of wheelbase.
Apart from the Skoda Vision X, the Volkswagen T-Roc is also an India-bound model. The T-Roc will be launched in China this year. The India-spec T-Roc will share some body panels with the Skoda Vision X to keep the costs down. But Skoda and Volkswagen will not introduce rebadged products in India.
After the introduction of Vision X and T-Roc, the next products lined up for India are the next-gen Skoda Rapid, next-gen Volkswagen Vento and the new-gen Polo hatchback. By the time of the introduction of these models, Volkswagen plans to achieve a high level of localisation. The new Vento is likely to be an under 4-metre sedan due to the high tax rate on cars exceeding 4-metres.
Skoda also plans to launch the next-gen Fabia in India which was recently revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Both the Fabia and Polo are likely to get a new 1-litre three-cylinder petrol engine.
The two new sedans, the Vento and Rapid are expected to be powered by an all-new 1-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine. The new engine will deliver better fuel efficiency.
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Skoda has been keen to revamp its India operations by launching new products in the country. Now, it looks like the Czech automaker will take charge of Volkswagen products in India by manufacturing new cars based on the MQB platform. The first product will be a Hyundai Creta rival based on the Vision X concept.