Skoda will launch the three models – Skoda Karoq, Superb facelift, Rapid 1.0 TSI on 26th May.
Skoda Auto stated that it will launch the latest Karoq Crossover, Superb facelift, and Rapid 1.0 TSI on May 26th, 2020. Throughout the biennial automotive show held in early February, the three models were exhibited.
The new Skoda Karoq has been spied on city roads, undisguised and unregistered, just under a day from its launch announcement. This is the first time the 5-seater crossover has been seen since its official debut at Auto Expo 2020, reportedly heading to a dealership. Before that, it had been caught on camera a couple of times in test mule formats.
In a nutshell, the Skoda Karoq is the long-awaited follow-as much as the successful Yeti crossover. However, the components might be different. The Karoq for India will be offered in a single petrol-automatic spec, where the Yeti was a diesel-only and manual-only model. The upcoming Skoda Karoq is powered by a 1.5-liter TSI four-cylinder turbo petrol engine which produces 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. The output is sent to its front wheels by a 7-speed DSG transmission (Volkswagen’s DCT form). Skoda Auto Volkswagen India, as you might have heard, has opted for a petrol-only model for the BS6 era.
With a restyled front bumper, updated LED headlamps, and a tweaked grille up front, the Skoda Superb gets a nip and tuck, with more chrome used to embellish the back. The Skoda Superb facelift will be available in two trims-Laurin & Klement (L&K) and Sportline, with the latter offering more sporty exterior touches. Feature improvements will encompass LED lights at the front and rear, Skoda’s virtual Cockpit digital tool cluster, an improved infotainment system, and wireless phone charging, among others. The previous 1.8-liter petrol and 2.0-liter diesel are gone and a new 190hp, 2.0-liter turbo-petrol engine coupled with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is now offered in the large Skoda only.
Skoda Rapid has been on sale for quite some time in India; but now it will get the most important mechanical upgrade. The 1.6-liter natural aspirated petrol and the 1.5-liter diesel units are gone. The Rapid will instead get the 110hp/175Nm, 1.0-liter TSI turbo-petrol engine which made its debut in Volkswagen’s BS6 Polo and Vento. Only the manual edition was available when bookings were accessed online. A 6-speed converter torque auto gearbox will come later in the year though. There are not expected to be many changes outside or in–the list of features should also be the same as the outgoing model. Expect to have the Rapid manual priced within a range of Rs 8.7-11.7 lakh ( ex-showroom).
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