Solid, striking, muscular: Two design sketches give a first impression of the extroverted exterior of the new Skoda Vision In Concept. The 4.26-metre-long (approximately) concept study is a forerunner of a mid-size SUV designed especially for the Indian market, the production of which will start in 2020-21. The VISION IN will make its first public appearance at Auto Expo 2020 in New Delhi (5 to 12 February). We will see what its name is and what kind of engines Skoda is going to offer.
The Skoda Vision In Concept first design sketch shows the dynamic front of the visually compelling SUV concept study. In addition to a wide bonnet, a large ŠKODA grille with solid ribs shapes the visual impression. The upper, very flat units of the split headlights progress directly to the grille. Beneath is a robustly designed front apron with large side air intakes and a massive front spoiler made of aluminium.
The Skoda Vision In Concept second sketch illustrates a clearly structured, distinctive rear with sharply contoured, three-dimensional rear lights; an additional horizontal light strip connects the reflectors. Illuminated ŠKODA lettering is prominently positioned in the centre of the rear; an aluminium diffuser is integrated into the rear apron underneath.
As part of the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project, ŠKODA AUTO is leading the activities of the Volkswagen Group brands on the Indian sub-continent. Several ŠKODA and Volkswagen models will be created based on the MQB A0 IN variant of the Modular Transverse Matrix, which the Czech car manufacturer is developing with a focus on India and Indian customers. The new localised MQB A0 IN platform is being showcased for the first time in the ŠKODA VISION IN.
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Reminder of these engines on offer with Polo, Ameo and Vento: There is a new 999cc three-cylinder petrol engine is good for 76hp of power at 6,200 rpm and 95 Nm of torque at 3,000-4,300 rpm. While power has gone up 1 bhp in comparison to the older unit, the torque is lower by around 15 Nm. However in the 1-litre configuration, the torque kicks in earlier which hints at enhanced drivability of the motor. What’s even better is the fuel efficiency figure, which at 18.78 kmpl is higher than the 16.47 kmpl of the previous unit.
The 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine is capable of producing 90 bhp and peak torque of 230 Nm. The transmission duties are carried out by a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox on both the trims. Along with this petrol variant the other variants on offer are the petrol GT TSI making 105 BHP and 175 Nm of torque, the GT TDI making 110 BHP and 250 Nm of torque and the diesel powered versions.