Globally, Octavia comes as a plug-in hybrid and multiple powertrains. For the India-spec model, it is expected, Skoda Auto will introduce the fourth-generation Octavia with 2.0 TSI engine with a 7-speed DSG transmission.
Zac Hollis, Director – Sales, Service & Marketing, Skoda Auto India Private Ltd, “Octavia has been a great model for Skoda Auto globally. We are trying to bring the fourth generation to India somewhere during the second quarter of 2020.”
In another big announcement, without revealing the price bracket or segment, Hollis also said Skoda Auto India will also unveil a sedan, as part of Project India 2.0 strategy, by the end of 2021.
According to Hollis, the SUV segment is flourishing on the back of multiple products coupled with customer sentiments. “The sedan segment is lacking new products. However, classic three-box sedans are not out of fashion in India. We are will launch a new sedan in as part of India 2.0 by the end of 2021,” Hollis said.
The Volkswagen Group, which Skoda Auto is a part of, announced earlier in February, that it would be investing a total of €1 billion in the India 2.0 project of which €250 million is dedicated to research and development.
All models designed and produced locally in India in the future will be based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0-IN platform. The Skoda Vision In and the Volkswagen Compact SUV concept (Taigun) are the first of several products that are being built on this versatile platform.
Skoda’s full-size SUV, Kodiaq, will be reintroduced with a 2.0 TSI engine in the first quarter of 2021, according to Hollis. The VW Tiguan AllSpace-rival was discontinued after the BS6 emission norms kicked in.
Skoda Rapid was launched in May with 1.0 TSI engine paired a manual gearbox. Subsequently, the automatic variants were launched on Thursday. Hollis said the mid-size sedan has received a tremendous response. The entry-lever Rider and Rider Plus trims contribute to 30 per cent of the overall Rapid sales.
Several spy shots of Kamiq SUV have surfaced while testing on road. Quashing the launch probability, Hollis said, “Indian roads and conditions are fantastic to test our cars. The European-spec Kamiq is being tested on roads.”
To strengthen its presence, Skoda Auto India is also planning to bring in an approved used-car strategy shortly.