Giving us the first glimpse of its all-new SUV for the Indian market, Skoda has revealed an interior sketch of the Vision IN concept that will make its world premiere on February 5 at the Auto Expo 2020.
The interior sketch itself confirms the presence of a number of elements that are now becoming common across all new Skoda models. What’s bound to attract a lot of attention is the layered dashboard with a central AC vent – accentuated with the help of a thin chrome bar – which spans the length of the dash and connects the large, chrome-lined vents at each end. Skoda has also liberally used orange to liven up things on the inside, with parts of the dash, door panels, centre console and front armrest finished in orange.
Taking centre stage is a large free-standing touchscreen infotainment system, and right next to it, is the Virtual Cockpit digital instrumentation. An interesting addition is what Skoda calls a ‘crystalline element’ placed atop the dash, and while it may look fancy, it could be a bit of a distraction on a sunny day.
A closer look also reveals the presence of knurled scroll wheels placed on the flat-bottom, three-spoke steering wheel, along with buttons for phone controls, voice command, lane assist and cruise control. Positioned centrally on the compact centre console is a small gear lever, confirming the presence of an automatic transmission.
Skoda's upcoming midsize SUV will be the first model based on the India-specific MQB A0 IN platform. What we can also tell you is the production-spec Skoda Vision IN SUV will have a 2,651mm long wheelbase, and will have plenty of space for rear seat passengers.
The Skoda Vision IN SUV is likely to derive styling cues from the international-spec Skoda Kamiq, but will get a few tweaks to suit Indian tastes. Expect Skoda to use more chrome elements both outside and in. Also expected on the production version of the Skoda Vision IN are automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, rear AC vents, two USB charging ports at the rear, drive modes, ambient lighting and more.
Engine options will likely include a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. There will be no diesel engine option on offer with Skoda’s midsize SUV, but a CNG variant could be on the cards.
Zac Hollis, Director of Sales, Service and Marketing, Skoda Auto India, recently confirmed the production-spec Skoda Vision IN SUV’s India launch will take place sometime between April-June 2021. By the time it arrives, the Skoda Vision IN truly will have its work cut out, in the face of competition from the next-gen Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector and Maruti Suzuki’s upcoming midsize SUV.
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