Top 6 Upcoming Skoda Cars in India 2016-17

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Upcoming Skoda Cars

Czech carmaker Skoda has a product strategy intact to increase sales volume in India and position itself as a value luxury car maker. Skoda cars in India like Rapid and Octavia are doing brisk business and the company has several Skoda car models ready to delight the buyers. Here is a complete list of upcoming Skoda cars that will expand the company’s portfolio in India:

1. Skoda Rapid Facelift

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Skoda Rapid Facelift

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If everything goes well, the much awaited facelifted version of Rapid sedan is going to be launched by the festive season this year. Rapid is an important product for the company as it has been doing quite well in the Indian market. The updated version will carry forward the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines from the current version. But reports suggest that Skoda can also use the 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine present in Vento. The exterior will be in for a revamp with updated features like new grille, new bonnet, sharper headlamps and a revised bumper. The cabin will too see changes like new upholstery, new instrument console, new steering and an updated colour scheme. The car will continue to lock horns with players like Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Fiat Linea, Volkswagen Vento and Maruti Ciaz.

Expected Launch Date – October 2016
Expected Price – Rs. 7.94 – 12.19 lakh

2. Skoda Octavia vRS

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Skoda Octavia vRS

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Octavia, one of the most elegant and luxurious of all Skoda cars in India, has received a great response from the Indian buyers and the Czech carmaker is now readying a high performance version of this D-segment sedan. The styling of the car is similar to the present model but many sporty updates have been added. It will have new sportier alloy wheels along with flared wheel arches. The company is planning to launch both diesel and petrol version of this car in India. The diesel mill will be a 2.0-litre TDI engine emitting 184 bhp and the petrol engine will be a 2.0-litre TSI unit producing 217 bhp of power. Honda City, Audi A3, Volkswagen Jetta will continue to offer tough competition to this sedan.

Expected Launch Date – April 2017
Expected Price – Rs. 18 – 21 lakh

3. Skoda Kodiaq SUV

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Skoda Kodiaq SUV

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Skoda Kodiaq, the first ever seven seater vehicle among all upcoming Skoda cars, is all set to see the light of the day by the end of 2017. It is based on the VisionS SUV concept and will be a bigger sibling of Yeti. It will rival biggies like Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Its sharp styling, contemporary design and well-chiselled edges will make it stand out. It will be highly spacious from inside and will carry a lot of high tech features. It is expected to offer a choice of five engines – 2 TDI diesel and 3 TSI petrol engines. Transmission would be handled by both 6-speed manual and DSG. A plug-in hybrid variant is also expected that makes use of 1.4-litre petrol mill combined with two electric motors.

Expected Launch Date – End of 2017
Expected Price – Rs. 29 – 32 lakh

4. Skoda Citigo

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Skoda Citigo

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The badge engineered version of Volkswagen Up hatchback, Citigo from Skoda Motors, is expected to release in 2016. The car has been in the waiting for long. The company is most likely to equip this hatchback with a 1.0-litre petrol engine that will develop 60 to 75 PS of power. The engine will be combined with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Like all Skoda cars, it will be known for its solid build quality. The mileage is pegged at 20kmpl. Citigo will rival Maruti Suzuki Swift, Fiat Punto, Honda Brio, Hyundai Grand i10 etc. in the highly competitive hatchback segment.

Expected Launch Date – October 2016
Expected Price – Rs. 3.50 – 4.50 lakh

5. Skoda Yeti Facelift

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Skoda Yeti Facelift

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Another one of Upcoming Skoda cars in India is second generation Skoda Yeti that will be more aggressive in looks, based on the new MQB platform from Volkswagen. It will get a longer wheelbase, better ground clearance and will appear more premium. It will offer even larger cabin space and the boot space will be increased by 100 litres. In all probability, the company will launch this premium SUV in both front wheel drive and all wheel drive formats. On the mechanical front, it will get a range of petrol and diesel engines including 1.0-litre petrol engine and 1.6 and 2.0-litre TDi diesel engines. It could combine a 1.4-litre gasoline unit and an electric motor in the hybrid version. The SUV will face challenge from Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra.

Expected Launch Date – End of 2017
Expected Price – Rs. 14 – 18 lakh

6. Skoda Fabia Crossover

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Skoda Fabia Crossover is on the cards

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Crossovers are the flavour of the season and Skoda motors too intends to add one to its list of Skoda cars models in India. The crossover version of Fabia finds its place among Skoda cars in India that could be launched by next year. It will be based on the shortened version of Volkswagen’s MBQ architecture but will not share its DNA with Tiguan concept. The car is likely to share engine with Fabia hatchback that includes 1.2-litre TSI petrol and 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine. The engine will be combined with either 6-speed manual or DSG transmission.

Expected Launch Date – End of 2017
Expected Price – Rs. 8 – 10 lakh

With such a great line-up of new Skoda cars in India, the company is sure to gain a strong foothold in the Indian car market and consolidate its position as a value luxury car maker.

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