Mumbai, 28 May 2020.
The pioneering SKODA AUTO India Virtual Conference witnessed the unveiling of the new RAPID 1.0 TSI, the luxurious new SUPERB as well as the newest member of its SUV family: the all-new KAROQ at a starting price of INR 7.49 lacs, INR 29.99 lacs and INR 24.99 lacs respectively. SKODA AUTO India put forth its power train and fuel strategy in view of the Bharat Stage 6 emission norms and safety standards while demonstrating a new range of Turbocharged Stratified Injection (or TSI) engine options: 1.0 TSI, 1.5 TSI and 2.0 TSI.
The SKODA RAPID will house the new 1.0 TSI petrol engine with a power output of 110 PS (81 kW) and a fuel efficiency of 18.97 kmpl. The SUPERB range, Laurin & Klement and SportLine, will house the new 190 PS (140 kW) 2.0 TSI petrol engine that accelerates from a standstill to a 100 km/h in mere 7.7 seconds and has a top speed of 239 km/h. The all-new KAROQ will house the new 150 PS (110 kW) 1.5 TSI petrol engine mated with an automatic seven speed DSG gear box delivering a fuel efficiency figure of 16.95 kmpl (high phase WLTP) and a top speed of 202 km/h.
SKODA AUTO India set the precedence in the contactless automotive purchase ecosystem with the market introduction of the OCTAVIA RS 245 over its centralized booking platform (https://www.buyskodaonline.co.in/) early this year. The overwhelming response from automobile enthusiasts and brand loyalists from across the nation prompted the Czech marque, celebrating 125 years of its rich history and heritage, to broaden the scope of its digital endeavours. Under the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project, SKODA AUTO will expand its geographical presence in the subcontinent, from 80 dealership facilities across 65 cities, today, to over 200 touchpoints across 150 cities, by 2025.
Mr. Zac Hollis, Brand Director – SKODA AUTO India, said: “We championed the online sales experience with the launch of the OCTAVIA RS 245. Today with the industry first one of a kind Virtual Conference we added three new products in our portfolio: the new RAPID 1.0 TSI, the new SUPERB and the all-new KAROQ. These provide a compelling combination of the brand’s emotive design, exquisite interiors, class leading safety and intelligent connectivity features. The latest SKODA offerings are deemed to be bestsellers, setting benchmarks for functionality, practicality and spaciousness in their segments.”
“The new ‘Simply Clever’ digital launch format testifies our commitment to use technology as a tool to stay connected with our patrons, more so in these unprecedented circumstances. In a phased manner, we will resume operations at our dealership facilities in strict adherence to the guidelines issued by the authorities to curtail any potential spread of the coronavirus. SKODA AUTO will continue to support the nation’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with numerous CSR initiatives.” he added.
MODEL OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN
At the heart of the new SKODA RAPID is an incredible new 1.0 TSI petrol engine that fosters an astounding 110 PS (81 kW) of power at 5000 rpm and 175 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. The fuel efficiency too is exemplary. The new RAPID 1.0 TSI, with the six speed manual transmission, offers 18.97 kmpl under standard test conditions. When compared with the outgoing 1.6 MPI engine, the new SKODA RAPID 1.0 TSI offers a 5% upsurge in power and a 14% rise in torque output. At the same time, the new RAPID offers a 23% increase in fuel efficiency against the previous motor.
The new 2.0 TSI petrol engine, mated with an automatic seven speed DSG gearbox, is at the core of the new SKODA SUPERB range: the new Laurin & Klement and new SportLine. It delivers 190 PS (140 kW) of power and a peak torque output of 320 Nm while delivering a fuel efficiency figure of 15.10 kmpl. It accelerates from a standstill to a 100 km/h in mere 7.7 seconds and has a top speed of 239 km/h.
The new KAROQ’s bold styling and class leading space may grab the headlines, but the car’s inner workings tell an equally compelling tale. The new 1.5 TSI petrol engine, mated with an automatic seven speed DSG gearbox,delivers 150 PS (110 kW) of power and a peak torque output of 250 Nm, while delivering a fuel efficiency figure of 16.95 kmpl (high phase WLTP) and a top speed of 202 km/h. With Active Cylinder Technology, to further boost the fuel economy, two of the four cylinders in the TSI powertrain are deactivated, in view of the power requirement. Now that’s Simply Clever!
BUY SKODA ONLINE
The centralized booking portal (https://www.buyskodaonline.co.in/) is designed by SKODA AUTO India in cognizance of the expectations of its discerning customers and befits a transparent and contactless experience the marque commits to deliver in wake of the coronavirus pandemic – thereby securing the health and safety of its employees as well as its customers.
The seamless and secure booking platform offers the flexibility to choose a SKODA AUTO vehicle in a hassle-free and convenient manner round the clock at the comfort of one’s residence. The venture is supported by a robust consultation programme and integrates over 80 dealership touchpoints of the Czech automaker pan India.
SKODA AUTO India offers a range of innovative leasing solutions for up to five years across its product portfolio. It caters to retail and corporate customers across segments: salaried individuals, working professionals, small and medium business enterprises, corporate entities and public sector units or undertakings.
SKODA AUTO leasing services incorporate an array of benefits and services: road tax, insurance, breakdown assistance, accidental repairs, end-to-end maintenance, scheduled tyre and battery changes and a replacement vehicle. With customized services, subscription based payment models, zero down payment and complete avoidance of an unregulated and unorganized resale market, leasing is a ‘Simply Clever’ mobility solution and a feasible alternative to owning a car.
Broadening the spectrum of premium mobility in India, with affordable and accessible solutions, SKODA AUTO India introduced ‘EasyBuy’, an assured 57% buyback value programme across the new SUPERB model range: the Laurin & Klement as well as the Sportline.
At the end of the three year contractual term, the customer can choose to return the vehicle to the dealer with no further liability. The program will also allow customers to retain the ownership of the SUPERB by paying off the outstanding amount. Consequently, through this program, the customer can choose to re-finance the new SUPERB for another contractual term. ‘EasyBuy’ has a facility to trade in the existing vehicle and use the assured buyback value as equity to purchase an all new SKODA.
With tailor made solutions from SKODA Financial Services, you can now avail up to 100% finance and up to 40% lower equated monthly instalments for a period of three years.