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Skoda bringing back diesel cars to India?

Written by Nizam Shaikh

With the end of the BS4 era, Skoda ended the production of diesel vehicles in the Indian market. The brand at the time estimated that the demand for diesel cars in India would taper off. This was due to the pricing of diesel and petrol fuel, which got closer and also the production cost of diesel engine increased due to stricter emission norms, eventually leading to a large gap between petrol and diesel cars.

However, the diesel car market especially the SUV segment in India still shows a strong demand. And that why, Skoda could be planning to bring back the TDI diesel engine to India again. Reports suggest, that the brand is planning to bring the diesel powered Skoda Superb which was recently revealed in the Indian market. However, the TDI diesel engine will be available as a CBU unit and the brand does not have plans to localise it.

Skoda Superb to Get Diesel Engine in India?

The next-generation Skoda Superb is likely to come with a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine with 48V mild-hybrid technology. In addition to this, Skoda is also likely to offer a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. The diesel option is likely to be fully imported making its price higher than the locally produced petrol models.

Skoda Compact-SUV plans

Recently, Skoda also unveiled that the brand is working on a new Compact-SUV specifically for the Indian market. Skoda will be using the MQB-A0-IN platform for the upcoming compact-SUV which will debut in the first half of 2025. In addition to this, the brand also plans to introduce a battery electric compact-SUV based on the same platform. Currently, Skoda is running the Name Your Skoda campaign for the upcoming compact SUV that will rival the likes of the Tata Nexon, the Hyundai Venue and the Kia Sonet.

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