Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Vision IN are slated to enter the market next year. Check out the timeline for these two upcoming Hyundai Creta rivals
The craze for SUVs has not yet shown signs of declining. This year, despite the market slowdown and big pandemic, the SUV market has continuously welcomed new models to enter the space. In the following year, there will be a few more cars to be launched under this segment. Among these upcoming models, there will be two new mid-size SUVs from Skoda and Volkswagen. Both of these models were displayed at the Auto Expo 202. However, it is not until recently did Skoda and Volkswagen revealed the launch timeline for their new SUVs. These new models will compete against the likes of Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, and MG Hector.
Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Vision IN will launch next year
According to the revealed schedule, Skoda will reveal the production name of the upcoming mid-size SUV which is known as the Skoda Vision IN at the beginning of January. Later on, Skoda will also reveal the production-ready model in March and the launch will follow in mid-2021. The launch of Volkswagen’s SUV, the Taigun, will also take place around the same time. The near-production Volkswagen Taigun was unveiled first. However, it is likely that the Skoda Vision IN will hit the market first then comes the Volkswagen Taigun.
Both the Skoda Vision IN and Volkswagen Taigun are parts of the India 2.0 strategy which is set to expand their market shares in the Indian market. In order to achieve this goal, Skoda and Volkswagen will heavily localize these models as a way to cut down the cost. At least, we can expect to see these two premium SUVs to be priced on par with other models in the same segment.
Both of these new mid-size SUVs will share the same MQB AO IN platform which is developed especially for the Indian market. However, apart from the same platform, these two cars are completely different in terms of styling. Even though the production version of the Skoda Vision IN is not yet revealed, it was spotted for several times under the near-production form.
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About the powertrains, they will share the same engine options, including a 1.0-litre TSI engine and a 1.5-litre TSI engine. The 1.0-litre engine which also powers the Vento and Rapid can generate 110 BHP of maximum power and 175Nm of top torque. The other engine is sourced from Volkswagen T-Roc and Karoq. This engine is powerful enough to churn out 150 BHP and 250Nm of torque. The smaller unit will come with either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. As for the larger mill, a 7-speed DSG transmission will be offered as standard.