Skoda Auto India has diligently been working on its ‘India 2.0’ project, and managed to limit the Year-on-Year decline in annual sales last year to just 8%, despite one of the biggest auto industry slumps the Indian market has ever faced.
Now as a part of the India 2.0 plan, the German-owned Czech carmaker is planning to launch a host of new products this year, which will also be showcased at Skoda’s stall at the upcoming 2020 Auto Expo next month. Skoda Auto India has confirmed five such launches, which are as follows –
200 units of the Euro-spec current-gen Octavia RS 245 are set to be brought to India this year as completely built units, and the car will be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo as well.
Powering the Skoda Octavia RS 245 is a 2.0-litre TSI engine which puts out 245 hp of peak power, and 370 Nm peak torque. The said engine comes mated to a 7-speed DSG and gets a front-wheel-drive configuration. The performance-packed car can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.6 seconds and maxes out at 250 km/h.
Since the car will be fully imported this time, expect it to be pricier than the previous batch of the Octavia RS, and will cost around Rs 40 lakh.
BS6 Skoda Rapid Facelift
The Rapid is all set to get a mild facelift this year, along with an all-new petrol powertrain. The said BS6-compliant powertrain will be the Volkswagen’ 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol TSI engine, which will also be powering the Vento and Polo GT in the BS6 era and is rated at 115 hp/200Nm. Transmission duties will be taken care of by a manual gearbox, or an optional DSG.
Earlier, Skoda has confirmed that the 1.5-litre TDI diesel unit, which produces 108.6 hp power and 250 Nm torque, will be discontinued, and no diesel engine will be on offer for the Rapid post the BS6 deadline.
The Superb Facelift has been spied on test a couple of times, strapped with a BS6 emissions kit. Mr. Zac Hollis, Director of Sales, Service & Marketing, Skoda Auto India, confirmed that the facelifted Superb will be launched in India in May this year.
Since it's just a mid-life refresh, expect subtle changes to the exteriors, like the SKODA lettering on the tailgate replacing the conventional Skoda logo, sleeker full-matrix LED headlamps and restyled front and rear bumpers at max.
Just like the Rapid, Skoda will also discontinue the Superb 2.0-litre TDI diesel powertrain. The Czech carmaker will be introducing a new BS6-compliant 2.0-litre turbo-petrol drivetrain (190 hp/320 Nm) that will be coupled with a 7-speed DSG and will replace the current 1.8-litre TSI unit on offer.
Skoda Auto India confirmed its plans of bringing the Karoq SUV to India, which will be launched in April this year. The car will be pitted against the likes of Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500 and other mid-size SUVs in the country. However, since the Karoq SUV will be brought to India via the CBU route, expect a premium price tag over all of its rivals.
Powering the Skoda Karoq SUV will be a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine producing 150 hp of power and 250 Nm torque. The transmission options will include a 6-speed manual, as well as a 7-speed DSG. No diesel drivetrain will be offered with the Karoq in India.
Skoda Kodiaq TSI
Since the Kodiaq SUV is currently offered with the sole 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel TDI engine, which has a maximum power output of 150 hp, while its peak torque output is rated at 340 Nm.
However, Mr. Hollis also said that there will certainly be a period when no diesel Skoda cars will be present in the market. We are guessing that the period starts from April 1 this year and will end around late-2020 or early 2021 at earliest.
The Kodiaq will be plonked with the same BS6-compliant 2.0-litre TSI engine as the upcoming Superb facelift, which churns out 190 hp power and 320 Nm torque. However, the Superb can only be had with a front-wheel-drive setup, but the said engine will be sending power to all four wheels on the Kodiaq SUV.
Apart from these five models, Skoda Auto India also plans to launch the fourth-gen Octavia in India this year itself, along with a mid-size SUV dubbed ‘Vision IN’ based on the highly localised MQB A0 IN platform. Skoda’s stall at the 2020 Auto Expo will definitely be one of the most dazzling stalls at the event.