Skoda's VisionS-based SUV to hit Indian roads next year

Skoda is likely to bring in its VisionS-based SUV to India next year. The new SUV, which will be known as the Kodiaq (after the grizzly bear from Kodiak island in Alaska), features design cues that preview Skoda's all-new SUV design language also seen on the VisionS concept that made its debut at the Geneva motor show. The SUV will be based on the VW Group's MQB-A+ platform.

The SUV is expected to come with a 193hp diesel and a 223hp petrol engine, and is likely to get a six- and seven-speed DSG gearbox for the diesel and the petrol variants respectively (the VW group's 10-speed DQ511 was earlier said to be part of this car).

The new SUV has a much shallower grille and streaked-back headlights. Skoda designers have also used a unique secondary light in a recessed area under the main headlight. On the inside, the cabin won't have a completely 'glass cockpit' as on the show car.

According to sources, the production versions will get a 12-inch digital instrument panel and a vertically aligned 8-inch screen in the central console - a considerable departure from the brand's current interior design.

Expected to hit Indian showrooms mid-2017, the SUV, which will be launched alongside the Superb, will have a similar pricing that's between Rs. 22 lakh and Rs. 30 lakh.

As with all Skoda cars, you can also expect the SUV to offer good value for money. To begin with, it's big with a length of 4.7 metres - somewhere between an X3 and an X5 - and the wheelbase also measures a large 2.7 metres.

The Skoda SUV will be available in both five- and seven-seat versions.