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21 May,2012: Skoda Citigo will enter the Indian car market with the support and assistance of Volkswagen. Skoda is a sister concern of Volkswagen and it is being said that Skoda Citigo will be a low cost alternative to Volkswagen Up! Officials of Skoda India feel that Skoda Citigo, which was initially planned for Europe also, has the ability to grab huge sales in India. It is expected to launch in late 2011 in Czech market and in Europe the launch will be done in early 2012. Rumor has it that even Volkswagen Up! is expected to arrive in India at a later stage . The Citigo will be a cheaper alternative to parent VW's Up!. However, the price is not yet available.The new small car is a crucial model for Skoda as they are entering a new sector and must get everything right to secure its position in the small car market.
Skoda Motors is one of the most reputed and established car brand across the globe. It has a large fleet of attractive vehicle in all segments. The company has a number of hatchbacks and sedans available in its portfolio, which are doing quite well for the company. Now the car maker has announced about the launch of one of its affordable small car model Skoda Citigo, which is being sold in few markets across the world. It is expected that this five door hatchback will arrive sometime this year. As per rumors, the company is going to launch this vehicle with the same petrol engine, which is being sold in the UK car market presently. The comfort and safety features along with the braking as well as its suspension mechanism too seems to be similar. Under the bonnet, this hatchback is expected to come fitted with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 998cc. It has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 74bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 95Nm. It is mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. It helps in delivering an impressive performance along with decent mileage. Its braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient and keeps it well balanced and stable at all road conditions. Its braking system is further augmented by ABS along with electronic brake force distribution, which prevents it from wheel locking, especially on the slippery roads.
The company is going to launch this hatchback series with an attractive body structure, which will give it a captivating look on the roads. It is expected to come with quite a few exterior paint options for the buyers to select from. The exteriors of this compact hatchback is designed with a typical Skoda grille, which is fitted with a thick black strip. Furthermore, it also has trendy headlight cluster featuring black inserts that gives it a dynamic look. It has a body colored bumper, which houses a large air dam for cooling the engine. This air dam is flanked by a pair of round shaped fog lamps. Apart from these, it also has electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, a set of alloy wheels, a neatly designed headlight cluster, windscreen with intermittent wipers and many other such aspects. It is designed with attractive exteriors, but it also has a spacious internal cabin, which is equipped with various features. Coming to its internal cabin, it is spacious enough for accommodating five passengers. Its dashboard is quite smooth and fitted with features like AC vents, a large glove box with cooling effect, an advanced instrument panel, which has a lot of functions for keeping the driver updated. For making the journey joyful, this hatchback is bestowed with an advanced music system, which is equipped with several input options along with speakers. It is incorporated with a lot of sophisticated features, which gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. The wide and well cushioned seats are covered with premium upholstery and integrated with adjustable head restraints. The company is going to integrate this hatchback with numerous safety features including an advanced engine immobilizer, seat belts for all occupants along with driver seat belt warning notification, a centrally located high mounted stop lamp, rear defogger and many other such aspects for giving a stress free driving experience. This compact hatchback will compete against the likes of Fiat Punto EVO, Tata Vista, Nissan Micra Active, Hyundai i10, Renault Pulse, Ford Fogo and many other vehicles in this segment.
This yet to be launched vehicle is going to come with a distinct external appearance, which has a sleek and lustrous body line along with striking features. Its compact dimensions makes it easy to handle in city traffic conditions. To begin with the front fascia, this Skoda Citigo hatchback series is designed with a signature radiator grille, which is surrounded by a thick chrome strip. It is embedded with a prominent company insignia in the center. This grille is flaked by a well designed headlight cluster, which is integrated with halogen headlamps and turn indicators. Just below this, it has a body colored bumper, which houses a wide air intake section for cooling the engine. This air dam is surrounded by a pair of fog lamps that adds to the visibility of driver. Its slanted bonnet has a couple of character lines, which gives the frontage a distinct look. Its windscreen is pretty wide and gives a proper view ahead. It is made of green tinted glass, which is accompanied by a couple of intermittent wipers. Coming to its side profile, this vehicle has a conventional design like any other hatchback in its class. It has body colored door handles and outside rear view mirrors, which are electrically adjustable and fitted with side turn indicator. While the black finished B pillars and window sill enhances the look of its side profile. The flared up wheel arches are fitted with a sturdy set of steel or alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which provides a superior grip on any road conditions. On the other hand, its rear end is nicely designed with a body colored bumper that houses a pair of reflectors. Its curvy tailgate is skilfully decorated with chrome inserts and variant badging. The neatly crafted tail light cluster is incorporated with halogen based reverse and brake light along with side turn indicator. The windscreen has a defogger along with a wash and wipe function. It also has a sporty rear spoiler, which is integrated with a high mounted stop lamp that adds to the safety quotient.
The overall length of this hatchback series measures about 3563mm, whereas the width of this vehicle is about 1641mm, which includes both external rear view mirrors. The decent height is about 1478mm that ensures ample head room for all occupants. The wheelbase is measures about 2420mm, which offers a spacious cabin inside and it has a decent ground clearance of 136mm as well. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of five meters, which is rather good for this class.
This hatchback has a spacious internal cabin, which can easily accommodate five passengers and provides ample leg space and head room for all. The cabin is decorated with a dual tone color scheme, while the high quality plastic further gives a plush look. The company has incorporated it with ergonomically designed seats, which are well cushioned. These seats are covered with premium fabric upholstery, which gives a nice look. The driver's seat has height adjustment facility, while the front center arm rest has a bit of storage space beneath it. The front seats are quite comfortable and the rear seats have a firm cushioning, a foldable center arm rest and height adjustable headrests. The rear seat comes with foldable facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. The smooth dashboard houses several features, which are a large voluminous glove box, an instrument panel with a lot of functions for keeping the driver updated, a three spoke steering wheel with multifunctional switches and many more. The steering wheel, hand brake lever as well as gear shift indicator are wrapped with premium leather. The stylish instrument cluster has two dials reflecting green back light from within. Inside the dials, the green lit needles add to the charm of this panel. The trip computer in the middle includes a digital fuel meter, clock, distance to empty (DTE) and trip meters. Its center fascia has a glossy piano black finish along with aluminum surround. The controls and switches are ergonomically designed that are easy to reach and operate. The company has given its a power assisted steering wheel, which is tilt adjustable and makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions. The car maker has equipped the cabin several utility based features like front sun visors with vanity mirror, accessory power socket for charging mobiles, cup and bottle holders, front seat back pockets, rear parcel shelf and many other such aspects. Moreover, it has a 12V power socket that are quite useful for passengers for charging their electronic devices.
As per the news, this vehicle will be blessed with a lengthy list of comfort features, which helps it to provide a fatigue free traveling experience. It is expected to be fitted with a height adjustable driver seat that makes it more convenient for the driver. Additionally, the steering wheel with height and length adjustable feature further adds to the convenience. This vehicle has a multi-function display (MFD) that gives information about traveling time, distance traveled, average speed, immediate consumption, average consumption, travel distance before refueling, service interval, outside temperature and a clock as well. Apart from the entry level trim, there are front and rear power windows available in all its variants with one touch up and down function. Besides these, the windscreen and windows have tinted glasses that adds to the convenience of its passengers. It is equipped with a few other aspects like GSM telephone preparation with Bluetooth, gear change indicator, ergo lever for front passenger seat adjustment from rear and so on. It has a multifunction steering wheel that is mounted with phone and audio control buttons. It is also expected to be fitted with a climatronic automatic AC unit, which cools the cabin and creates a pleasant ambiance. It further includes dust and pollen filter along with dual air vents on rear center console. The advanced instrument panel houses a digital tachometer, an electric tripmeter, a digital clock, door ajar warning, low fuel warning light and driver seat belt warning notification for keeping the driver updated. Apart from these, it also has rear defroster with timer, grab handle on passenger side, driver's seat height adjustment, steering wheel with height adjustment, front seats with separate head rests and folding rear seat. In addition to these, it has a vanity mirror in front left sun visor, foldable roof handles for front and rear passengers, lights on acoustic signal, coat hook on rear roof handles, all four power windows with driver side auto down function and a remote control release of boot lid.
This upcoming vehicle is anticipated to come with a spacious internal section, which provides ample leg space and head as well as shoulder room. The model, which is currently running on the other countries has a decent luggage compartment of 251 litres, which can be increased up to 951 litres by folding its rear seat. It also has a massive fuel tank that has a storage capacity of 40 litres, which is quite good for planning longer journeys.
The power plant with a five speed manual transmission gearbox enables the vehicle to zoom towards a top speed 165 Kmph, while automatic variants can attain a maximum speed in the range of 170 Kmph. At the same time, its manual version requires only about 16.5 seconds to break the 100 Kmph speed mark, whereas the automatic trim can cross this barrier in about 13.2 seconds from a standstill.
Under the bonnet, this Skoda Citigo hatchback series is expected to come with a 1.0-litre petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 999cc. It is integrated with three cylinders and twelve valves using a DOHC (double overhead camshaft) based valve configuration. This engine is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection technology, which enhances its fuel efficiency. This power plant has the ability to produce a maximum power output of 74bhp at 6200rpm that results in a hammering torque of 95Nm between 3000 to 4000rpm. The automaker is offering this engine with a choice of five speed manual and automatic transmission gear box, depending on the variants. It distributes the engine power to its front wheels and helps it in delivering a decent performance on roads.
This petrol power plant is incorporated with a multi point injection fuel supply system, which allows the hatchback to deliver a decent fuel economy under standard driving conditions. It has the ability of returning 17.8 Kmpl within the city limits, while its mileage goes up to 21.6 Kmpl on the highways that is rather good for this class.
This three cylinder based gasoline mill has the capacity of churning out a maximum power output of 74bhp at 6200rpm in combination with a peak torque of 95Nm between 3000 to 4000rpm, which is rather good for Indian road and traffic conditions.
The manufacturer is offering all the variants in this series with a proficient audio system that includes an AM/FM radio and a CD player. It also has four speakers and connectivity ports for iPod, Aux-In, and USB. In addition to this, it supports Bluetooth for audio streaming and call function, wherein the control switches are given on steering wheel. At the same time, entry level variants may lack various features, but the buyers can decorate it with several interior and exterior accessories of their choice. The list includes rear view camera, portable navigation system, leather seats, floor mats, rear parking sensors and so on. Whereas, exteriors can be decorated by scuff plates, door visors, sporty rear spoilers, alloy wheels, door sill covers, body decals and several other aspects.
Like any other car model in Skoda's portfolio, this upcoming vehicle is also expected to get a reliable braking system along with dependable suspension mechanism, which keeps the vehicle well balanced and stable. The manufacturer has given this vehicle a hydraulic dual circuit braking as well as reliable suspension mechanism. The front wheels of this Skoda Citigo model series are fitted with a set of disc brakes with inter-cooling and single piston floating calipers. While its rear wheels have been equipped with conventional drum brakes. This braking mechanism is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. On the other hand, its front axle is assembled with an independent McPherson strut with lower triangular link and torsion stabilizer, whereas the rear axle has crank axle type of mechanism. The electrically assisted power steering system is speed sensitive and makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions.
This yet to be launched vehicle is expected to be fitted with a set of innovative safety features, which gives the occupants a stress free driving experience. Some of these standard safety aspects include a centrally located high mounted stop lamp, anti glare internal rear view mirror, height adjustable head restraints, rough road package, central locking system, rear doors with child safety locks and remote control with foldable key. In addition to these, it also has an immobilizer that helps to safeguard the vehicle from theft. it is equipped with an anti lock system along with dual rate brake assist function further augments its braking mechanism. It has 3-point seat belts for all passengers along with driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel. Apart from these, it also has a number of protective aspects, which are speed sensing automatic door close, alarm remote, dual front airbags, ISOFIX child safety locks, remote control opening and closing windows, fuel supply cut-off in crash, front and rear fog lamps, child proof rear window locking, security code for audio player, airbags for driver and front co-passenger.
The flared up wheel arches of this hatchback series are expected to be fitted with a set of 14-inch steel or alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 165/70 R14, which provides superior grip on any road conditions. The company has also given a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It should be a standard aspect across all the trims that will come.
1. Attractive exterior appearance adds to its advantage.
2. Performance of the engine and fuel economy is quite good.
3. Comfort features are at par with other competitors.
4. Compact size makes it perfect for running on the small city roads.
5. Expected to be come with economical price range.
1. Lower ground clearance is a big minus point.
2. Touchscreen infotainment system can be added.
3. There is still scope to improve interior design.
4. Entry level will lack various features.
5. Many more comfort and safety features can be added.