Skoda and Volkswagen have joined hands to jointly develop cars for emerging markets here in India under the INDIA 2.0 project. Based on the MQB-A0-IN platform, there will be multiple new car models which will hit Skoda & Volkswagen car showrooms. Both brands have not had a high volume mass market product launched in nearly a decade, and this would surely boost sales. Meanwhile, the brand is also looking at the ever so popular SUV segment in India, and the brand is all set to reveal an all-new model in concept form at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo. This new concept would make a world debut here in India, hinting that this car could be made in India, and exported to other emerging markets as well.
This new SUV concept will not be far from reality, and Skoda will have the market launch for this one by the end of 2020 along with a notchback sibling to be launched in 2021. Skoda is also working on 2 new cars for the Volkswagen brand as well, which could very well be distinct siblings of these 2 cars we are speaking about.
The new SUV would be a 5-seater model, and mostly, a product to rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the Nissan Kicks. Skoda is also set to launch the Kamiq which is already road testing on Indian soil which would be a competitor to the likes of the Jeep Compass & Hyundai Tucson.
Skoda will be spending nearly 1 billion euroes on this project where they will locally rework on the A0 platform from Volkswagen to make it cost efficient. Reports claim that the brand has achieved nearly 90% target of sourcing parts locally in India. The launch timeline for the new models from Skoda and Volkswagen is after the BSVI implementation, which will happen from 1st April 2020.