Skoda showcased its vision for the Indian market at the Auto Expo 2020 and it is a looker of a car. The midsize SUV is named as Vision IN and this is because of the India specific derivation of Volkswagen group’s versatile MQB platform that has been the underpinning of recent products from the German marque and its counterparts. But the one used in Vision IN is a modified version specifically for India called the MQB A0 IN. This platform has been tailormade to take Indian roads and weather conditions.
The MQB A0 IN is a crucial platform for Volkswagen as well, as it will be the underpinnings of various upcoming models including the Taigun which is this Skoda’s cousin. The concept showcased by Skoda is of a midsize Sedan and will thus also be the first midsize offering from Skoda for the booming and ever-competitive midsize SUV segment.
On the outside, the Vision IN looks similar to the internationally sold Skoda Kamiq. But this one has a chunkier LED headlight set up with the lights diverging inwards. It has a split headlight setup of which the lower smaller portion will be the DRL. The front bumper is loaded with chrome treatment which also includes the trademark Skoda grille and also a skid plate that curves upwards and highlights the central lower part of the bumper. The 19-inch split multi-spoke wheels are highlighted in chrome and complement the sharp design language of this concept. It has a bit of off-roading essence to it with the plastic cladding running all around. The chrome roof rails give it a contrasting look and highlight its SUV credentials.
At the rear, the lower end is highlighted by a chrome-laden skid plate that has three slots in it and completes the design cue from the front. The taillights are also reminiscent of the ones found on the Kamiq but this concept has an additional LED strip running across and is positioned at the bottom of the tailgate. This mid-size concept SUV is 4.26 m long and is more or less the same as its competitors which includes Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass.
The interior of Vision IN is vibrant and kudos to Skoda for going with the bright colour scheme and nailing it. The dashboard is divided into two main parts with a thin chrome insert running between them. It also gets two individual digital displays, one for the instrument cluster and the other 12.3-inch display for the infotainment system. A quirky addition by Skoda is the “crystalline element” which is an elongated piece of glass. The three-spoke steering wheel is perfectly sized and has an array of buttons for smartphone controls, voice control, lane assist and cruise control. The automatic transmission is controlled via a small lever which is positioned on the centre console.
Skoda has confirmed some of the production-spec features that will include automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, rear AC vents, drive modes and ambient lighting to name a few. With a wheelbase of 2671 mm, the Vision IN will have plentiful cabin space with ample second-row space which will be a great factor in this segment.
The Skoda Vision IN is powered by a 1.5L turbo inline-four petrol engine which pumps out 148 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque. The power is transferred to front wheels via a 7-Speed DCT gearbox which is precise in both upshifts and downshifts. So, you can expect a wholesome driving experience. Skoda claims 0-100 kmph sprint time of under 9 seconds and an impressive top speed of 195 kmph. A diesel offering is not on the cards but we can expect a CNG variant. The Vision IN will be launched in India in the bracket of April-June 2020, as earlier confirmed. So this will give it a head start against its shared Volkswagen Taigun SUV which is also slated for launch this year.
The mid-size SUV segment is heating up with more and more automakers pitching in desirable products and so the Vision IN will take on the likes of Mahindra XUV500, MG Hector, Kia Seltos and the recently launched second-generation Hyundai Creta(also showcased at Auto Expo). VW group has showcased an array of promising new products after a long break and we believe that it will create a commotion in the market once it is launched.