CHANDAN B MALLIK, Kolkata: Volkswagen Audi Group’s Czech brand Skoda is all set to benefit from the parent group’s parts and technology bin for the Indian market. One of the commercial drivers of the brand will revolve around offering cost-effective products and this can only be achieved by increasing the percentage of localised content.
Besides this, the key ingredient will be the underpinnings on which the forthcoming line-up will be based. Volkswagen’s highly flexible MQB platform has been tweaked for new India-specific products and redesignated as A0 SUV.
Some of the all-new models that are expected in 2022 using the simplified MQB platform includes a compact SUV.
At the 2020 Auto Expo Skoda showed the VISION-IN concept as an indication of things to come from the brand.
Now, the whole idea takes its next step. Skoda India has patented Kliq name for a compact SUV with ministry of Commerce and Industry. And its not so difficult to imagine a production ready VISION-IN rolling out soon with a Kliq badge on it.
While, the Kliq is designated for India and emerging markets, its design inspiration is more European and features a sportier version of the 3D ‘butterfly’ grille and sharp LED lights found in some of Skoda’s other models like Kamaq or Kodiaq.
The production Kliq is expected to be powered by a 114bhp and 200Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI enginepaired to six-speed manual and automatic (torque converter) transmissions. Skoda may also offer a sportier version with a 148bhp/250Nm from its 1.5-litre TSI EVO motor coupled to a seven-speed DSG.
If the Vision IN concept’s interior was a teaser with its very minimalist design, the production version is expected to carry some of the features. The cabin’s design is quite sophisticated and classy and its spacious character is reflected from the horizontal dashboard design.
Modern features expected would be two large LCDs displays — a centrally placed floating 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the other one a customisable virtual instrument cluster with connectivity apps like ApplePlay and Android.
The Vision IN concept measures 4,256 mm in length and 1,589 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,671 mm. It should be comfortable 5-seater.
Interestingly, as opposed to the Skoda Kamiq, the Vision IN is a proper looking SUV with a more aggressive front fascia, higher ground clearance and an overall tougher-looking profile.