Skoda, Volkswagen Cars To Get Only Petrol Options In BS6 Era
The group will also have a renewed focus on SUVs for the Indian market
Skoda and Volkswagen India to go petrol-only with their entire model portfolio.
1.5-litre, 2.0-litre diesel engines to get the boot in BS6 era.
New 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre along with the existing 2.0-litre turbocharged engines to take charge.
CNG-powered VW and Skoda cars are also on the cards for India.
Skoda and VW to display renewed focus on SUVs across the range.
Skoda Auto Volkswagen India will be taking the Maruti Suzuki route once the BS6 emission norms are implemented in India. So post-April 2020, the group will have only petrol engines in its portfolio. It recently also announced the discontinuation of the 1.5-litre that is available in various sedans and a hatchback (VW Polo). However, the brand might bring diesel engines back if there is enough demand.
The VW Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq, which are powered by a 2.0-litre TDI engine, will get a new petrol powertrain. Globally, the Kodiaq gets 1.5-litre (150PS/250Nm) and 2.0-litre (190PS/320Nm) TSI petrol engines. Expect the bigger unit to make it to our shores and find its way under the Tiguan as well.
Other mass-oriented offerings such as the Skoda Rapid and VW Vento will get a 1.0-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine along with CNG-powered options as well. This new locally made engine will also feature in VW and Skoda’s upcoming compact SUVs, the T-Cross and Kamiq, respectively.
The Skoda Octavia’s segment has been witnessing a slowdown in the sales of diesel-powered offerings for a while now. Hence, it’s only natural to see it take the petrol-only route like the facelifted Hyundai Elantra. More affluent offerings in the group stable like the Superb and VW Passat will also get rid of their 2.0-litre diesel engines. The upcoming facelifted Superb will have a more potent 2.0-litre petrol TSI engine as well.
Apart from a digression from diesels, VW group also plans to steer away from the sedan body form. VW’s Director of Passenger Cars India revealed that they will be focusing more on SUVs in the future under the brand’s India 2.0 plan. The onslaught begins at the Auto Expo 2020 where they will be bringing SUVs in various categories to take on Kia Seltos, Jeep Compass and Toyota Fortuner.
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