Skoda Unveils New Low-Cost SUV

Skoda has long dreamed of its own rival to the Renault Duster.

After much teasing, the company has finally showed its new Skoda Vision IN.

The 2021 Skoda Vision IN is intended to take over the low-cost car segment The 2021 Skoda Vision IN is intended to take over the low-cost car segment

The prototype still has the status of a concept. However, almost everything in this car is close to a production version. So, we take a very accurate look at it.

One of the elements that will definitely be lost on the way to the conveyor is a fake LED radiator grille. The low-cost Skoda will never get such an expensive feature, which is actually not needed at all. We also have questions about a ground clearance: offhand clearance is approximately 25 cm. A real variant will get less.

A high ground clearance and sharp lines make the new model look like a real SUV A high ground clearance and sharp lines make the new model look like a real SUV

In general, the Skoda Scala was first to demonstrate usual dimensions, branded two-tier headlights and recognizable taillights. The interior of the new model will retain only the design direction and style. As for affordability, it has too many expensive and specific materials such as crystal, wood, and technological fabric made from pineapple leaves.

The closest relatives of the new car are the Volkswagen T-Cross and the recently shown VW Taigun. This is evidenced by similar dimensions (length and wheelbase – 4,256 mm and 2,671 mm, respectively), a common aggressive style and even specific body elements.

The Skoda Skoda Vision IN successfully reproduces the corporate design The Skoda Skoda Vision IN successfully reproduces the corporate design

It is even surprising that the new Skoda SUV, being in the status of a concept, did not receive an electric powertrain. Instead, there is a conventional 1.5-liter 148-hp petrol engine that comes with a 7-speed DSG. A 0-100 km/h time is only 8.7 s, and a top speed — 195 km/h.

This shows that the new Skoda Vision IN Concept is very close to a mass production version and will reach the conveyor with the slightest changes. However, there can be a much simpler transmission, which will be suitable for the low-cost car segment and will keep a retail price within reasonable limits. Besides, the engine will probably be less powerful.

The low-cost Skoda won’t get expensive materials The low-cost Skoda won’t get expensive materials

However, the above specification is perfect for a top-end variant, especially if the Czech manufacturer decides to bring its new model to Europe. However, there is no information about this yet; the priority is Indian buyers who will be able to buy the Skoda SUV next year.

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