Skoda Vision IN production model is likely to be named as Kosmiq, Kliq or Kamiq.
Skoda Vision IN SUV has been making headlines off late, ahead of its January 2021 unveiling. The Kia Seltos rival will hit showrooms sometime in mid-2021, ahead of the next festive season.
While, the Czech automaker is yet to reveal its nomenclature, expect the production-spec model of Skoda Vision IN to be named Kosmiq, Kliq or Kamiq. Expect it to be priced between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.
Skoda Vision IN’s production version is expected to come with a sharp and aggressive appearance with signature vertically slatted Skoda grille with chrome outline, split headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels and L-shaped LED taillights.
There would be a crystalline strip of the light adding more sharpness to the model. Like the other new-age Skoda cars, the rendering too shows the Vision IN’s production model with sharp character lines that are inspired by the automaker’s Bohemian crystal design language.
The cabin of the car is also likely to carry a modern contemporary appearance with a black colour theme. If the Skoda Vision IN concept model gave any hint for what the SUV’s interior will look like, expect it to come with a minimalist design with vegan materials for the dashboard.
Also, there would be a plethora of premium features like a fully digital instrument panel, panoramic sunroof, large touchscreen infotainment system, connected vehicle technology etc, among others.
The Skoda Vision IN production model will be based on Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB A0 IN platform, which is a cheaper derivative of the original MQB architecture. This platform has been developed especially for the Indian market to underpin the models that will be built for the Indian market under the German auto giant’s India 2.0 project, which is being spearheaded by Skoda.
The engine options for the Skoda Vision IN’s production model is yet to be disclosed. But it will come with petrol engines only. Expect it to get a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual, 6-speed torque converter automatic and a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
Volkswagen India 2.0 strategy
Under the India 2.0 strategy, Skoda has been tasked with helping the German auto group achieve a target of 5% market share in India by 2025. Both Skoda and Volkswagen have invested heavily in technologies in developed markets. Their cars come typically designed to meet stricter emission and safety standards than India, resulting in over-engineered and expensive for the country.
Hence, the India 2.0 strategy was approved by the auto group keeping in mind the future regulations that would keep VW and Skoda competitive, in terms of pricing and technologies.
Under this strategy, Skoda and Volkswagen will use the new modular platform for their cars that will increase local sourcing of components to 95% in a bid to curb the production cost. This will result in more competitive pricing for the VW and Skoda models in India.
Also, the India 2.0 strategy makes way for these automakers to design their cars to local tastes. Besides selling the models in the domestic market, Skoda and Volkswagen will export them as well.
Skoda is targeting sales of 100,000 cars a year in India by 2025, from about 15,000 in 2019, and to grow its sales outlets to 200 by 2023, from less than 100.
So far, with this new India 2.0 strategy, Skoda and Volkswagen aim to be popular affordable premium car brands in India, that is expected to become the world’s third-largest car market by 2026.