Skoda Vision IN production mid-size SUV launch is likely to have been postponed until next year.
Skoda Auto India has commenced the India 2.0 project with a view to boosting its sales number. Skoda and Volkswagen will launch the first model based on the new strategy and a brand-new heavily localized platform which will support all of its locally produced models in the future will also be introduced. The Skoda Vision IN concept made its debut at the 2020 Auto Expo along with the Taigun concept, each of which is the design study for a mid-size SUV which will be underpinned by the MQB A0 IN platform with some commonalities to keep the price as competitive as possible. The new mid-size SUV is expected to be named Kliq or Kosmiq.
As regards the exterior design, the Skoda Kosmiq is likely to bear a strong resemblance to the Kamiq which is on sale in the international market. Specifically, the new Kliq is equipped with a typical butterfly grille assembly, a split headlight system with LED DRLs, LED fog lights, sporty alloy rims, L-shaped LED taillights, etc.
In terms of the interior, the Skoda Kosmiq is packed with a wide array of top-notch features. These include a fully digital instrument panel, an independent 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a flat-bottom three-spoke steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, high-quality seat coverings and numerous driver-assistance and safety technologies.
The Skoda Kosmiq will greatly resemble the Kamiq in terms of the exterior design.
The Skoda Kliq is likely to share a 1.5-litre BSVI TSI turbo gasoline burner with the Volkswagen Taigun. The transmission duties will be undertaken by a 6-speed MT or a 7-speed DCT unit. The mid-size SUV was proposed to be launched in the Indian auto market later this year.
The Skoda Kliq will be replete with a wide range of premium features.
Now, however, its introduction could be delayed to the second quarter of 2021 due to the ongoing unfavourable situation. The Skoda Kosmiq is expected to be priced from INR 10 lakh to INR 17 lakh (ex-showroom) and compete against the likes of MG Hector, Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier, Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta.