Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda Auto has announced that it would be launching the Karoq, Superb facelift, and the Rapid 1.0 TSI on May 26th in India. The announcement was made by Zac Hollis, Director of Skoda Auto India, who took to Twitter to announce that the company will introduce the three vehicles digitally.
The most anticipated model of the three is the Karoq, which will be a petrol-only offering available in a single fully-kitted out variant. It will come equipped with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that is also found in the VW T-Roc, which produces 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. This will be a completely built-up unit (CBU) so expect the pricing to be on the higher side.
The Superb facelift will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre TSI engine, replacing the 1.8-litre on the previous generation. The updated model also gets a re-designed front bumper, an updated grille, full-LED Matrix headlights and newer instrumentation on the inside. The Superb will be offered in two trims – the Laurin & Klement (L&K) and Sportline, and yes – there won’t be a diesel-powered option this time.
The updated Rapid doesn’t just lose the diesel engine- it even loses a cylinder and some cubic capacity. But despite the cylinder shedding, the updated Rapid will now produce 4bhp more than its previous generation while returning better fuel efficiency. The 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder TSI to produce similar power and torque figures as on the Vento 1.0 TSI that was launched recently.
Bookings of all three vehicles have commenced online, on Skoda India’s website.