Skoda has confirmed its plans to launch a mini SUV in India. This new SUV would be priced below Rs. 10 lakh and will directly rival the Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari. It could also challenge the Volkswagen Vento and Honda City. Now Skoda does not have any small SUV in its international portfolio and the only vehicle which comes close to the company’s proposed mini SUV is the Fabia Scout. The company is indeed testing the car as we happened to have spotted it last week. This means the Fabia will get 4-wheel drive but not many really care about off-roading cabilities of their SUV, with most using it for their city runabouts.
“The SUV segment is not growing as fast as was expected. We have to go down and are looking at a product priced below Rs 10 lakh. We have over 25 per cent share in the D segment with Superb and 16.5 per cent share in the segment that has Laura. We are working to increase our presence in the SUV category,” Thomas Kuehl, Skoda India, said.
Source – Business Standard