VW Vento and Skoda Rapid are the two great players in the segment with robust platforms and engines. After spending more than 10 years in India without a makeover, te German conglomerate VW Group is giving a complete overhaul which include everything from platform, engines and even the names.
The MQB-A0-IN platform is a highly modular platform and will underpin the future lineup of the Group’s cars starting with Skoda Kushaq which will be available for bookings by June 2021.
The Skoda Kushaq and VW Taigun, which are the much needed inclusions in the segment to fight off the best sellers Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, will be getting a 1.5-litre 150PS/250Nm turbo petrol engine. The same engine will be powering the all new Polo, Vento and Rapid.
The smaller capacity engine i.e. 1.0-litre 115PS/175Nm turbo petrol engine will also be offered alongside. This engine also has phenomenal performance and is powering the current version of stated vehicles.
As we said, these sedans will be getting new names as well, VW Vento may be introduced in India with its global name i.e. VW Virtus. Also, the Skoda Rapid will get Skoda Slavia as its new name. New VW Polo won’t see any change in its name.
The current generation cars may remain on sale alongside the new vehicles Just like 4th Gen Honda City is currently on sale along with the 5th generation model.
VW will also bring more affordable cost of ownership experience for VW owners. As per their plans, there will be 3 to 13% reduction in the cost of Parts, 32% reduction in the cost of engine oil for petrol modes and 23% reduction in the cost of service packages.
VW will be offering child parts or small components for repairs. Earlier, VW used to replace the entire assembly instead of replacing just the damaged part. This move will bring a big relief to the VW owners.
Along with this, there will be a service cost estimator on the VW website to guide customers about the cost of each and every part. This will let customers be flexible in deciding if they wish to proceed for the service or not. Also, the service attendant will guide the owners on a video call about the car’s service requirements once the car reaches the workshop and is thoroughly examined.
Do you think, with these moves, VW will be able to compete with Hyundai, Kia and Maruti Suzuki in sales numbers? Do let us know your opinion in the comments.