Skoda will launch an all-new mid-size sedan in India by next year. Once launched, it’ll compete with the likes of Maruti Ciaz, Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
Skoda India has plans to launch two new locally developed cars by next year as a part of India Project 2.0. The carmaker will launch a new SUV based on the Vision IN concept by early 2021 and it will be followed by an all-new mid-size sedan. In an interview, Zac Hollis, Director, Sales & Marketing, Skoda India has said that the upcoming Skoda C2-sedan will launch in India by the end of next year, around the festive season. The automaker has recently launched an updated model of the Rapid, which is the most affordable car in Skoda’s line-up. The new model is powered by a 1.0-litre gasoline mill, which comes mated to a 6-speed MT. The automatic version of the sedan is expected to launch in the coming months.
The all-new mid-size Skoda sedan is expected to hit the Indian shores by 2021
The automaker has no plans to introduce the new-gen version of Repid which was recently launched in foreign markets. Instead, the carmaker will launch an all-new mid-size sedan, which will lock horns with the likes of Maruti Ciaz, Honda City and VW Vento. The upcoming Skoda sedan will be based on the company’s MQB AO IN platform.
The same platform will also underpin the Vision IN-based SUV. VW Group has decided to completely halt the production and sales of diesel models in our market. The new Skoda sedan will only be offered with a gasoline powertrain.
The upcoming Skoda C2-segment sedan will be powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged gasoline engine
It’ll be powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-pot, turbo petrol motor, which churns out 108bhp of peak power and 175 Nm of maximum twisting force. Transmission duties will be done by a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The same power plant does duties in the ongoing Skoda Rapid, VW Vento and Polo. In other news, Skoda has recently revealed the 2021 Octavia RS. The new sporty sedan will be propelled by a 2.0-litre 4-pot, TSI turbo petrol mill, which develops power and torque outputs of 242bhp and 370 Nm. The engine will come paired with a 6-speed MT or a 7-speed DSG. The 2021 Octavia RS can sprint from 0-100 in just 6.7 seconds.