Skoda had a quiet 2019 but things are set to change in 2020. The Czech carmaker has lined up 5 launches for India this year. The new arrivals include a new SUV, facelifts, special editions and updates. Read on to know what's headed our way in 2020.
Skoda Rapid BS6 with 1.0-litre petrol
The Skoda Rapid will see a major powertrain range revision in the months to come. By April 1, 2020 there will be no Rapid diesel on sale with the discontinuation of the 1.5-litre TDI turbo-diesel engine. Of the petrols, the dated 1.6 MPI petrol engine will make way for a new 1.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine. The new engine’s 115hp power and 200Nm torque will mark a significant jump over the outgoing naturally-aspirated unit’s 105hp and 153Nm figures. The Rapid with the updated engine will go on sale by April 2020. Expect mild styling changes on the model too. However, if you plan to hold out for the Rapid’s replacement, you’ll have to wait till late-2021 when the new model goes on sale.
Skoda has toyed with the idea of bringing the Karoq SUV for India for long. The good news is that the model is confirmed for launch in April 2020. The not so good news? It will be imported into India as a completely built unit and will be subject to the full bevy of duties and taxes, which would mean premium pricing for the Jeep Compass rival. The Karoq for India will come with a 150hp, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine. There will be no diesel versions. A 7-speed dual-clutch is expected to be the gearbox of choice for India.
Skoda Octavia RS 245
Enthusiasts rejoice! The Skoda Octavia RS is set to make a comeback to India. India will get the Octavia RS 245 that’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine with 245hp and 370Nm on call. The RS 245 will be brought in fully-loaded guise and without any modifications for India. The promise is of an uncorrupted RS experience, though the Euro-spec car’s relatively low ground clearance could be something of a worry in India. Pricing could be a kicker, however. The RS 245 will come in as a full import and prices are likely in the region of Rs 40 lakh. However, the pricing doesn’t seem to have kept buyers at bay with the RS 245’s 200 unit allocation for India inviting huge interest long before bookings open.
Skoda Superb facelift
Skoda will launch the updated Superb in India in May 2020. The sedan gets a mild facelift and subtle changes on the interior. The bigger news is the discontinuation of the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. The sole engine on offer on the Superb will be Skoda’s new 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that will come in place of the existing 1.8-litre unit. Power will see a 10hp jump to 190hp too.
Skoda Kodiaq petrol
The Skoda Kodiaq SUV will also see some developments in 2020. The present 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine will be withdrawn by April 1, 2020 and will be replaced by a 2.0-litre petrol engine. India will likely get the engine in its 190hp state of tune, mated to a dual-clutch auto. All-wheel drive will be standard and you can expect Skoda to maintain the same high levels of equipment as the current version.
In addition to the above models, Skoda is working to launch the all-new Octavia in India within 2020 as well. Come 2021, the first of the Skoda models - a mid-sized SUV - under the VW Group's India 2.0 Project will go on sale. The said model will be shown in concept form as Vision IN at Auto Expo 2020.