Skoda announces three new cars for India
Skoda will launch three new cars in the Indian market on a new low-cost platform engineered on the current MQB platform. The low-cost platform from Skoda will be used to build cars for multiple emerging markets. Initially, three cars with the Skoda badge will use the new platform. These upcoming Skoda cars in India include a Hyundai Creta rivaling compact SUV, a C-Segment sedan that will replace the Rapid and the all-new Skoda Fabia for the Indian market. All three cars will be produced at the Chakan factory, which Skoda is expected to take over from Volkswagen very soon.
The Hyundai Creta rival from Skoda is expected to carry styling previewed by the Vision X concept, which was just unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The new compact SUV will be the first among the three new cars that Skoda will launch in India. The new SUV is expected to arrive in India by late 2020. It will feature both petrol and diesel engines, with turbocharging as standard. The new engines will be designed to meet Bharat Stage 6 emission norms. The current 1.5-liter TDI turbocharged diesel engine (EA189 family) on the Rapid will not be used for the new compact SUV as the Volkswagen group has no plans of engineering this engine into becoming BS6 compliant.
We expect a new diesel engine for the new range of Skoda cars. As for the petrol engine, the 1 liter-3 cylinder unit with get turbocharging and a range of power and torque outputs to suit multiple cars. On the Fabia replacement hatchback, it could be in a conservative state of tune whereas, on the sedan and compact SUV, it is likely to be a lot more powerful. These details are expected to be revealed in the coming months. For now, we know that the Volkswagen group is investing nearly 8,000 crore for Skoda to build new car models for India a Chakan.