Production-spec Skoda Vision IN to get 1.0-litre TSI motor, 1.5 expected too
OVERDRIVE has learnt from Skoda India that the Czech carmaker's first ground-up new offering in its India 2.0 plan, the production version of the Skoda Vision IN Concept SUV that had debuted at the 2020 Auto Expo, is most likely come with multiple engine options.
The new 1.0-litre TSI motor that the Skoda-VW combine introduced as part of its BSVI upgrades will be the mainstay of the range. This three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 110PS and 175 Nm could be the engine offered in the low to mid-spec versions of this new SUV. Aside from a six-speed manual, we will also not be surprised to see the six-speed torque converter from the Rapid making its way, with its lower cost and apparent reliability benefits over a DCT. Also, the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol that debuted in the CBU Karoq and T-Roc is also expected here. This 150PS/250 Nm motor could pair with the DCT and be offered on higher trims, say a fully-loaded Laurin and Klement version.
The production version of the Vision IN will most likely sit with C-segment SUVs like the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta. As the concept previewed it will borrow heavily from the design cues and interior layout of other Skoda SUVs like the Karoq and Kamiq but will cater specifically to Indian buyers' needs. Being based on the MQB A0 IN platform, a heavily localised of Volkswagen's MQB architecture, the SUV is expected to get competitive pricing and a good suite of features when it launches in India by the middle of 2021. Know more about the Vision IN here.
Interestingly, Skoda India also seems to be rethinking its strategy of offering a petrol-only line-up here. The company is considering reintroducing diesel engines in the Indian market, although this will be limited to its most premium offerings like the Kodiaq. With the added components and tech going into making BSVI-compliant diesel engines, these will be unviable in its upcoming mainstream offerings.
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