Škoda is presenting its Vision IN concept study at the Auto Expo 2020 from 5 to 12 February. The study gives a concrete preview of a new mid-size family SUV and is the first model ever to use the MQB-A0-IN variant of the MQB car platform, which has been specially adapted for the Indian market. As part of the Project INDIA 2.0, ŠKODA has been responsible for heading Volkswagen Group’s model campaign on the Indian market since June 2018.
Škoda has developed the MQB-A0-IN platform specifically with a regional focus, ensuring that it already fulfils the upcoming, stricter safety and emission requirements for new vehicles on the Indian market. The platform will be the basis for all future Škoda and Volkswagen brand models developed in the region.
In order to strengthen its position in this important growth market for the long term, Volkswagen Group is investing a total of One Billion Euros in the project. Škoda and Volkswagen’s upcoming volume models for the Indian market are based on the locally developed and produced MQB-A0-IN platform to keep the costs in check.
As for the design, it’s classic Skoda with a multi-slat grille upfront, flanked by sleek LED headlamps with DRLs and fog lamps placed closed to it. The front bumper features large air dams with a prominent faux skid plate. The overall profile of the car is further accentuated by the flared wheel arches, roof rails, black side cladding, and strong shoulder line. Towards the rear, the Vision IN gets inverted L-shaped LED taillights and the Skoda nameplate spelt across the bootlid. The Vision IN is essentially the Skoda Kamiq with a more rugged front profile.
Inside, the Vision IN is loaded with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system placed as a floating unit. There’s a healthy use of leatherette upholstery and orange accents all around the cabin. The production-spec SUV should have a similar dashboard as the Euro-spec Kamiq and Scala. It is confirmed by the officials at Škoda India that the production-ready version would be very close to the concept showcased at the Expo.
The Vision IN is powered by a modern and efficient petrol engine. The 1.5 TSI delivering 110 kW (150 PS) transfers its maximum torque of 250 Nm to the front wheels. It is also said that a smaller 1.0L TSI engine could be offered alongside the bigger 1.5L TSI. Both these engines can be had with a 7-speed DSG or a Manual Transmission when the production-ready cars would be available at the dealership. Expect the production-ready cars to hit the dealership floors by the second quarter of 2021.