Skoda Vision IN concept SUV showcased - to be launched in India by 2021
Skoda Auto showcased their forthcoming mid-size SUV concept called the Vision IN. Built on the MQB AO IN platform, this is a modular platform that will spawn a whole series of vehicles for a focussed onslaught by the Czech manufacturer in India. The Vision IN is apart of a Skoda's Strategy 2.0, a plan that intends to not just kick off a series of vehicles for Indian consumers, but also looks at expanding their network, enhancing customer experiences and cost of ownership.
The Vision IN is one of two SUVs that will be offered in 2021. The concept is still some ways off going into production but is expected to be launched by June 2021. The MQB AO IN platform will also see an all-new notchback sedan emerging to replace the Rapid.
The Vision IN will compete against SUVs like the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos. The design details visible on the concept look sharp and that front face is attractive. The LED graphics though are pretty cool, especially the accents on the Skoda badge on the hood. Don't expect the LED light work around the grille to be a standard item on the final product. However, the plastic cladding on the fenders and the beefed-up lower bumper are more in line with crossovers we've seen in the past rather than full-blown SUVs. Certain angles of the Vision IN also bear a stark resemblance to the Ford Ecosport. The Vision IN concept also sits on 19-inch wheels and the production version would have 17-inch offerings which may change the stance that the SUV presents currently. The wheelbase for the Vision IN is the same as that on the Volkswagen Taigun, around 2.65m with overall length also a similar 4.2 metres.
The interiors at this time are too concept like, and don't clearly represent what could be the final outcome. What we can say for certain is that the dashboard will have the floating infotainment screen and probably the layered effect on the dashboard.
According to Bernhard Maier, Chairman of the Board of Management at Skoda Auto, the manufacturer will principally be looking at petrol powertrains in the Vision IN. The Vision IN concept is powered by a 1.5-litre TFSI petrol engine. Output from this is rated at 150PS.
This is not to indicate that they are making a move away from diesels, the fact is that providing a small capacity diesel engine with SCR would price the product way above what consumers would expect. Hence the single powertrain initially. Expect both manual and automatic transmissions, especially the DSG (twin-clutch automatic) to be a prominent fixture.
Maier also added that Skoda would offer electrics as well, not necessarily in the Vision IN. This would however be dependent on the state of the infrastructure available in India. Citing examples of Europe where charging stations were available at a maximum of 200km from each other, Maier said that India is nowhere close to that network to make electrics a viable option.
We will have more details as the story of the Vision IN unfolds.
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