As Skoda completes 20 years in India, the new SUV gets over 10,000 bookings
Skoda is betting hard on the Kushaq mid-size SUV. The company has a tiny share of just 1.5% in the market but this new product might change their fortunes...
The fourth generation Fabia breaks cover. But will this come to India anytime soon?
The Skoda Fabia was the first Supermini or premium hatchback to be launched in India. However, with time, it was taken off the market. Skoda has now showcased the all new 2022 model and we are curious if this could make it back to India next year or not
The Kushaq is Skoda’s Czech-mate to the Hyundai Creta, the Kia Seltos, and the Tata Harrier
Owning a SUV of your dreams is much more easier now
In our previous article, we have explained every detail that you would possibly want to know about the GST tax structure that the Indian Government has implemented from July 1st, 2017.
Under the new tax structure, almost all the cars have become cheaper except few which belong to the Hybrid category. However, also do keep in mind the fact that the car makers will now be able to propose a uniformed pricing across the Country. But you also do have to bear in mind the fact that the GST prices do not count the road tax which varies state to state.
With that note, we continue with the list of 5 cars which has received the biggest price cut from the Auto manufacturers Post GST.
5 sure shot launches of the year 2017
The year 2017 has been an outstanding year for the Auto manufacturers as well as the Indian customers. We have already seen plenty of new launches within the first 4 months. Now as we are almost approaching towards the middle of the year 2017 the Automakers have stacked plenty of new products for the year 2017. While some of them are good budget and economy cars, others fall under the premium category of cars. Whatever may be the case we can assure that there will be atleast 5 assured car launches within the next couple of month.
So without any further due let us get straight into our topic of 5 new cars launching in India within the next few months.
The flagship SUV offering from Skoda is expected to launch here in Q4 2017
Finally, the Skoda Kodiaq has been updated in the Skoda India’s official website. The ‘En Route’ caption was also provided under the SUV’s image which makes it sure that Skoda will be launching the Kodiaq SUV soon in India. You can expect the Kodiaq SUV to enter Indian market towards the Q4 2017.
The Kodiaq is the flagship SUV offering from Skoda which also comes with seven seat options. The production variant of the SUV is based on the Vision S concept which was first showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor show. Once launched in the Indian market the Kodiaq will compete directly with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and the Hyundai Tucson. The Kodiaq will be Skoda’s second SUV offering for the Indian market after the Yeti.
The new Kodiaq is based on the Volkswagen’s MQB platform which also underpins a couple of other vehicles from Audi as well. The SUV is offered internationally with three engine options including the 1.4 TSI, 2.0 TSI and 2.0 TDI unit. The engines are paired to either a six-speed manual or a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. We are still not sure which engines will be offered in the Indian market though.
The successor of the Yeti gets plenty of modern features and a completely new exterior as well as interior
Skoda has officially announced that their next compact SUV will be called Karoq and it will be unveiled infront of the public at Stockholm, Sweden on 18th May 2017. According to Skoda, the Karoq is an entirely new compact SUV from Skoda which promises to offer exceptional space in the interior and boot. The Karoq SUV will share many of its features with the larger Kodiaq SUV and is the successor of the Yeti which is already available for sale in the Indian market for a long time now.
Below provided are some quick points that you should know about this upcoming SUV which will also make it to India sooner or later and will replace the Yeti in the market
The new cars will hit the Indian market within the next two years and some already did
Remember the good old times, not more than a decade ago, when the Indian car market was much lesser crowded than what it was. The first 10 years of the 21st century saw the advent of most of the big giants in the country, which initiated their journey with some world class products which were much popular overseas. However, call it the end of their long lifecycle, their much-ahead-of-the-time or their ill fate of not being received with open hands, most of these globally hit cars died off after a time frame.
Thankfully, all their parent manufacturers still have some soft corners in their hearts for these cars, which is why some of them are making a full-fledged comeback, in all new generation models. These cars will now feature massive changes in and out and are planning to now shake up the well-settled up segment, rather than just creating them what their previous generation models did. Following is a list of seven such previously available cars which are making a comeback in 2017 in the Indian car market:-
They may be small in size but provides the same amount of thrill
We Indians buy cars for majorly enhancing or depicting our social status and growth among others, which is a hard fact but truth. No matter whatever our need is, we want the best possible package in the minimum possible price range, which has made almost all the automobile manufacturers scratch their brains and come out with unique and different products from the models available globally. Thus, there is no surprise to the admission of almost all the automakers that India is a tough market to understand.
Take for instance, the segment of compact SUVs. Now, previously, the SUVs were perceived to be an epitome of perennial success achieved by the elite class, as a result of which SUVs were totally out of reach for all the common man and middle class of the country. However, times have changed, and today, we have a huge range of compact SUVs and crossovers to choose from, which offer the versatility and road presence of large SUVs, but at a price of a premium hatchback or a C-segment sedan, making them good options for upgrading from an entry level hatchback or a sedan. Lately, we have also seen a handful of sub four meter SUVs from notable manufacturers, which was almost an unthinkable concept few years ago.
In this feature story, we have noted down all the compact SUVs and crossovers, both sub four meter and above four meter of length, which have dramatically changed the scenario of automobile manufacturers in the country. Such is the popularity of this segment in India, that all the models mentioned here are among the bread earners of their respective makers. Here’s a list of all the compact SUVs and crossovers available in the Indian market today:-
The new facelift Rapid gets plenty of new updates both inside as well as outside
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Skoda has decided to introduce a facelift variant of the Rapid in India on November 3rd. The sedan has been here in the Indian market since 2011 and until now Skoda has only given minor updates to the sedan. However according to the sources Skoda will providing some significant update to the Rapid facelift this time.
The Rapid nameplate has been used by Skoda for a long time and the current generation car first made its debut back in 2011 and shares many parts with the Volkswagen Vento subcompact sedan. Presently the car is being produced at Skoda’s manufacturing facility in Pune.
Now that Skoda has decided to introduce the Rapid facelift in the Indian market here are all the details of the subcompact sedan.
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The newst flagship SUV offering from Skoda
Skoda definitely upped their games when they showcased the new Octavia and now they dropped another bomb on September 1st 2016 when they took the covers off their much awaited flasghsip SUV Kodiaq. The 7 seater SUV will also go on sale towards the first half of 2017 while it will make its grand entry into the Indian market towards the second half of 2017. The Kodiaq is actually based on the Vision-S SUV concept which made its debut at the Geneva Motor show. The SUV when launched will be positioned above the Yeti Crossover and will take on some of the big names of this game like the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour.
The best thing about this SUV which will catch your attention is that it is actually much bigger than their existing Yeti SUV and will get a completely new and much more attractive design with sharp contoured lines. The Czech automaker has already released few teaser images of this upcoming SUV and before finally unveiling the real thing.
The Kodiaq shares the same Volkswagen’s MQB platform which actually also underpins the second generation Tiguan as well. Now that the covers are off we have tried to provide you all the details about this new SUV which will also be launched here next year.
Update01.09.2016:- Skoda has taken the wraps of their new flagship offering Kodiaq. We have updated this article with images and information about this new SUV
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Find out where the Elantra stands amongst its rivals
Hyundai has launched the sixth generation Elantra in India which replaces the fifth generation car introduced in 2010. The much anticipated Elantra surely brings a lot to the plate and thus is considered as one of the major contenders of this game.
The new Elantra is launched with both petrol and diesel engine options and also with a manual as well as an automatic variant. The prices of the new sedan start from INR. 12.99 lakhs and goes all the way upto 19.19 Lakhs for the top diesel trim. The new Elantra as you all know by now has received its new exterior styling inspiration from Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture 2.0 design language and as a result the new generation car is also low slung than its predecessor and also gets a sharper exterior design. A lot has changed inside the cabin as well and the new Elantra now gets a more premium interiors and plenty of new features.
The Hyundai Elantra competes directly with the VW Jetta, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla in India and we have provided a complete specification table to help you find out what the Elantra really offers.
Skoda Kodiaq is inspired by the Vision S concept
India bound Skoda Kodiaq is the first six seater SUV from the Czech auto manufacturer. The car was a first showcased as a concept model christened as Skoda Vision S Concept. The car is expected to launch in India sometime around in 2017. It will be the second SUV from Skoda in India after the Yeti. Although the test mules of the Skoda Kodiaq has been spotted several times, but for the first time a non camouflaged test mule have been spotted testing. Here is a video showing the car being tested without any cover.
The Skoda Kodiaq comes inspired by Bohemian glass crystal designs. The car looks sharp and aggressive. The front fascia sports sharp and trimmed headlamp clusters, vertically slated aggressive front grille, wide air intake, LED daytime running lights. The video reveals the rear profile of the car. The taillamps looks sharply design with squarish LED units. The roof spoiler, beefy rear bumper and the sloping roofline is also visible along with the sporty alloy wheels.
Kodiaq is Skoda’s first six seater SUV
SUV and crossovers are known to be the most popular automotive segment across the world. When it comes to Skoda, the Czech automaker is known for making some sharply designed and stylish looking SUVs. At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show the auto manufacturer showcased a new SUV which was christened as Vision S concept. The production spec model based on the concept has been spotted testing in Europe. Recently a test mule was spied testing near the famous Nürburgring track in Germany.
The production spec model is named as Skoda Kodiaq. This is going to be the first six seater SUV from the Czech auto manufacturer. It will enter India as the company’s second SUV in the country. Expect the car to launch sometime in 2017 in India. Here we will take a close look at the facts about the Kodiaq.
Promotional strategies take the next big step
This piece of news is really interesting berceuse you don’t stumble upon such kind of stories everyday where an entire town gets its new name after a SUV. That’s right! An island which is located on Alaskan island changed its name for the upcoming large SUV from Skoda last Friday. The town’s original name has been changed from KODIA‘K’ to Kodia ‘Q’ as a part of the global marketing campaign initiative taken by Skoda.
The Skoda Kodiaq which will make its presence felt in the Global market towards the second half of this year received its name from a world’s largest brown bear. This bear’s are mainly found in southern coast of Alaska which takes about ten hours flight from Europe and into the largest city of Anchorage. Once you land in the city of Anchorage the island is about 650 km from that town. The ‘Kodiak’ island happens to be a national wildlife refuge and also the home of these bears.
The Alaskan island authorities supported Skoda’s unique marketing campaign for their new SUV and agreed to go ahead with the idea of changing the name on street signs, police cars, fire engines, fishing boats and advertising boards and even on their towns official; homepage. So they replaced the word ‘k’ and changed it to ‘q’.
Public debut in late 2016, launch in 2017
As we reported earlier, Skoda has decided to name its next SUV Kodiaq. The car will be larger than the outgoing Skoda Yeti, and the naming inspiration came from the Alaskan Kodiak bear. As the Czech automaker claims, the car represents larger size, masculine strength and powerful appearance, which resembles with the Alaskan Kodiak bear. This is why the naming has been done following the Kodiak bear. Skoda also informs that the new SUV will be unveiled in the second half of 2016, and it will be launched in early 2017.
The Skoda Kodiaq is based on the Vision S concept already showcased by the automaker. It is housed on the Volkswagen MQB platform, which houses the Volkswagen Tiguan also. The car gets a fresh design language, which sports sharp bi-xenon headlamps with LED sleek daytime running lights, teeth like aggressive front grille. The side profile boasts sharp and crisp character lines, sporty alloy wheels, LED side turning indicator integrated wing mirrors, blackened glass area and a sloping roof. The rear gets sleek wrapping around LED taillights. Dimensionally the car sports 4699 mm of length, 1905 mm of width, 1674.4 mm of height and 2551 mm of wheelbase. Inside the cabin the Skoda Kodiaq sports several design cues taken from the Volkswagen Tiguan.
Skoda Vision Concept had a plug in hybrid powertrain. It had a 1.4 litre TSI petrol engine paired with a 6 speed DSG automatic gearbox, capable to churn out 156 hp of peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque. There was an electric motor as well, delivering 53.64 hp of peak power and 220 Nm of peak torque. Altogether, the car can churn out 209 hp of peak power and 470 Nm of peak torque.