Thomas Schäfer, the head of the Czech brand, reported on the development of a new crossover, which will be positioned by the stage below the model
The statement was made in an interview with the Indian version of the AUTOCAR magazine, and no accident: it is in India that the segment of «four-meter» crossovers is developing very dynamically. This manufacturers and consumers stimulate local legislation providing for serious benefits for car owners who are stacked by dimensions, therefore the most popular models (Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Suzuki Brezza, Tata Nexon) have a practically identical passport length, from 3990 to 3999 mm. Initially, there were assumptions that the new Volkswagen twin crossovers Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun will fit into this framework, but they turned out to be larger, stretching out 4.2 meters. Only now, «sprinkling» the current trend, Skoda has been unwound, explicitly with the filing of Thomas Shepher, appointed by the Director General of a little over a year ago.
The novelty, which is not even a name (there is only a code designation — India 2.5), will not be a shortened Kushaq, it will receive an original design. It will lay out the simplified version of the MQB-A0 platform from the same «Kushaka», but with a smaller wheelbase: it is very likely that it will be reduced from 2651 to 2564 mm as new
The «Volkswagen» has his little concept-cross, he was called Taigun and debuted in 2012, but not the fact that now VW will go through Skoda. After all, more recently, brands are trying to dilute inside the concern in various niches, and the further development of MQB-A0 is entrusted to the Czech division.
As for the India 2.5 project, it is aimed not only to the domestic market, says Mr. Shefer, — the car will try to make attractive and for other countries where there are no similar incentives. Therefore, it is not necessary to exclude the possibility of the arrival of the spiritual successor of Yeti and to Russia, where a small budget crossover, even with the front-wheel drive, may be sought after.
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