Skoda's Upcoming Compact SUV Revealed in Recent Spotting

Skoda's Upcoming Compact SUV Revealed in Recent Spotting

The Skoda compact SUV has been sighted undergoing tests again showing further characteristics, particularly the front profile, in a spy photo. The prototype appears to be ready for production and demonstrates Skoda's most recent design approach.

It will be built on the MQB-A0-IN platform, shared with the Kushaq and Slavia models. However, it will stand out by sporting a shorter wheelbase, fitting into the sub-4m category. This is achieved by reducing its length by approximately 230 mm compared to the Kushaq, along with shorter front and rear overhangs to meet the size requirements of its segment.

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Skoda's Compact SUV

Design-wise, the SUV maintains Skoda's classic look, featuring elements seen in the Kushaq but adjusted for a more compact form. It includes the distinctive split headlamp configuration, a slatted grille, and sleek contours, aiming to maintain a familial resemblance that's both sharp and identifiable.

Skoda is not holding back on features, planning to equip the SUV with a more robust set of capabilities than its predecessors, such as a 360-degree camera and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), positioning it competitively in a market segment filled with feature-rich rivals.

Propelled by Skoda's reliable 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, the SUV delivers 115 HP and 178 Nm of torque. Unlike some competitors that offer various engine choices Skoda is focusing on perfecting this engine for enhanced efficiency and performance.

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Skoda's Compact SUV Rear View

Aiming for a global footprint, including markets in South America, South-East Asia, and Africa, Skoda’s compact SUV is a crucial component of its India 2.5 strategy. With an expected price range of Rs. 9 lakhs-14 lakhs (ex-showroom), it's set to compete directly with well-established models, offering a viable alternative to more budget-friendly options like the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.

In a unique engagement initiative, Skoda is involving the public in the naming process of this new SUV, following its tradition of SUV names starting with ‘K’ and ending with ‘Q’. With names like Kylaq, Kymaq, and Kaiq under consideration, the brand aims to select a name that perfectly represents this new model.

The launch is scheduled for March 2025, where it will rival models such as the Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Mahindra XUV 3XO, and Tata Nexon.