Skoda India Entry into Sub-4 Metre SUV Segment to Shake up Industry with Tata Nexon Competition

On February 27, the Czech automaker might reveal more information about this upcoming model. 

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  • A condensed form of the MQB-A0 IN platform might serve as its foundation.
  • This might be a stand-alone Skoda India model, and a VW version might come next.
  • Should be equipped with every gadget needed to take on well-established competitors.
  • Anticipated to be available with a single 1-liter turbo-petrol engine producing 115PS.
  • Launch is anticipated for early 2025.

Skoda India may soon launch a brand-new model specifically for the Indian market, making an entry into the fiercely competitive sub-4 metre SUV market. On February 27, Skoda is anticipated to reveal more information about their upcoming rival to the Tata Nexon. The new vehicle is anticipated to hit our shores in the first part of 2025. Here are all the specifics.

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The MQB-A0-IN platform, which powers the Skoda Slavia and Skoda Kushaq, will serve as the foundation for the next sub-4-meter SUV. However, in order to make sure the platform fits under the four-meter barrier, changes will be made, and you should anticipate the platform being shortened.

Additionally, this sub-4-meter SUV might be a stand-alone Skoda India model as Volkswagen might enter the electric vehicle market directly, even though the Slavia and Kushaq each have a VW equivalent in the form of the Virtus and Taigun. However, more time will tell if we can provide a specific response, so stay tuned. 

With an emphasis on feature comforts, Skoda India is entering a market where competition is fierce. The new SUV is anticipated to include a digital driver’s display, automatic climate control, a single-pane sunroof, ventilated front seats, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

It is equipped with six airbags, electronic stability control, rear parking sensors with a camera, and a tyre pressure monitoring system, among other safety features. It would also be nice if it received a partial suite of ADAS systems, as the Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet both come equipped with this safety feature. 

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Speaking of engines now would be premature. However, it is anticipated that the upcoming model will only be available with the 1-liter turbo-petrol engine, which produces 115 horsepower and 178 torque. The six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox and the six-speed manual gearbox ought to be available.

In India, the sub-4-meter SUV market is one of the best-selling, with over 64,000 units sold in January alone. Skoda India will need to get pricing right, as it may begin at approximately Rs 8 lakh (ex-showroom), which would put it in the running with the Nissan Magnite, Tata Nexon, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300, and Maruti Suzuki Brezza.

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