Skoda is gearing up to make a bold entry into India’s bustling compact SUV segment with a heavily localized offering, set to hit the markets in the first half of 2025. This move positions the Czech automobile giant directly against established players like the Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Brezza, among others.

Expected to be priced between Rs. 9 lakh and Rs. 15 lakh (ex-showroom), Skoda’s compact SUV aims to carve a significant market share in this fiercely competitive space.

A Five-Seater Compact SUV with High Local Content

Skoda’s strategy to penetrate the compact SUV market involves launching a five-seater vehicle that boasts high local content to ensure competitive pricing. The SUV will be based on the MQB A0 IN platform, reflecting Skoda’s commitment to tailoring its products for the Indian market while keeping production costs in check.


Sharing Components for Economies of Scale

The upcoming compact SUV is anticipated to share components and body panels with Skoda’s Kushaq and Slavia models. This approach not only aids in reducing production costs but also helps in achieving economies of scale.

Given the feature-packed Kushaq midsize SUV, expectations are high for the new model to be well-equipped with modern features and technologies, addressing the price-sensitive nature of the segment.

Powertrain Options and Features

While Skoda has yet to officially confirm the powertrain options for the compact SUV, it is widely speculated that the vehicle will be powered by the 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder engine, similar to what’s found in the Slavia and Kushaq.

This engine is known for its balance of performance and efficiency, producing 114 bhp and 178 Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic unit.

Technology and Safety

Prospective buyers can look forward to a host of modern features, including a floating touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, a fully digital instrument cluster, auto climate control, wireless charging, a sunroof, and ventilated front seats.

On the safety front, the compact SUV is expected to come equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS with EBD, collision mitigation, and possibly Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in the higher variants.

Manufacturing and Global Plans

The new Skoda compact SUV will not only cater to the Indian market but is also planned for sale in other countries, highlighting Skoda’s global ambitions for this model. This strategy underscores Skoda’s commitment to leveraging its Indian operations for broader market penetration.

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