The Indian automotive scene is gearing up for an exciting addition with Skoda announcing its foray into the compact SUV segment, set to intensify the competition in this already crowded category.

Skoda’s upcoming compact SUV, slated for a March 2025 launch, joins a fiercely competitive segment that promises significant sales volumes despite lower profit margins.

Vehicle Design and Dimensions

Leveraging the MQB-A0-IN platform—shared with siblings Kushaq and Slavia—Skoda’s new SUV will feature a more compact form to fit within the sub-4m category, crucial for tax advantages. Expected to undergo a reduction in length by approximately 230mm compared to the Kushaq, this model will also sport trimmed front and rear overhangs, ensuring it stays under the 4-metre mark.

Design-wise, the SUV will showcase Skoda’s signature aesthetic, including a split headlamp setup and a slatted grille, resembling a scaled-down Kushaq to maintain the brand’s familial visual identity.

Interior and Features

Skoda is set to ramp up its offerings with this model, incorporating advanced features exceeding those in the current Kushaq and Slavia. Noteworthy additions will include a 360-degree camera and an Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) suite, initially debuting in the facelifts of Kushaq and Slavia, as confirmed by Skoda brand director Petr Janeba to Autocar India.

Powertrain Specifications

Under the hood, the compact SUV will be powered by Skoda’s reliable 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, delivering 115hp and 178Nm of torque. This engine is praised for its responsiveness, refinement, and fuel efficiency, which is anticipated to be even better in the lighter compact SUV. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic.

Market Strategy and Pricing

Aimed as a global model, this SUV will also target markets in South America, South-East Asia, and Africa, fulfilling Skoda’s India 2.5 plan and achieving economies of scale. Priced competitively between Rs 9 lakh and Rs 14 lakh (ex-showroom), Skoda’s new offering will be positioned to challenge rivals like Maruti, Hyundai, and Tata, as well as budget models like the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.

Naming Contest

In a unique marketing move, Skoda is engaging its audience through a social media contest to name the new SUV, adhering to its global SUV naming convention that starts with a ‘K’ and ends with a ‘Q’. The shortlisted names include Kylaq, Kymaq, and Kyroq among others, emphasizing Skoda’s commitment to involving its customer base in key brand decisions.

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