Skoda India’s EV push: Timelines for Elroq, Enyaq and Kodiaq facelifts revealed

Skoda India’s EV push: Timelines for Elroq, Enyaq and Kodiaq facelifts revealed

Building on the success of its India 2.0 strategy that saw the company reach 100,000 units sales in just two years, the shortest timeframe in its history in India, Skoda India is set to launch the 2024 Kodiaq. Generation And Slavia The majority of these sales are driven by Kodiak It also achieved its highest sales figure during this period. Previously, it took Skoda more than six years to reach this milestone. In an interview with TOI, the Brand Director Skoda India Petr Janeba discussed the updated Kodiaq, the company’s strategic plans and the expected new models, especially electric vehicles (EV).

Skoda Kodiaq: Consistent Performance

Since its launch in 2017, the Kodiaq has been a key model for Skoda globally and in India. “The Kodiaq has marked our entry into the seven-seater SUV segment, strengthened our brand image and attracted a new customer base,” Janeba told TOI. Celebrating its seventh anniversary, Skoda is offering a special seven-day festive offer with 7 per cent customer benefits.

In India, the Kodiaq has continued to sell well with its single engine, platform and four-wheel drive automatic DSG system. “In a market driven by innovation, the Kodiaq has remained stable after the initial spike,” Janeba said.

Upcoming Launches
Skoda India is planning an aggressive expansion in the next 12-14 months. The brand will also introduce a compact SUV along with the new Kodiaq. Octavia vRSand updates to the Kushaq and Slavia (which won’t get a facelift). However, the most important launches will be two new electric vehicles. Enyak Skoda plans to launch the EV that it showcased at the Bharat Mobility Show earlier this year Elroq EV arrival in India depends on supportive government policies.

Janeba highlighted the challenges in the high-end EV market and the need for supportive regulations for faster adoption. “We are evaluating whether to bring Elroq to India along with Enyaq under the new government support scheme. If the policy is right, we can potentially bring up to 8,000 cars per year across all brands. Otherwise, we will start with limited numbers and focus on Enyaq,” he explained.

“If the government’s EV policy is positive, we can launch Enyaq and Elroq EVs together in 2026,” Janeba added.

Skoda India: A Big Market
India is now a bigger market for Skoda than China and its biggest market outside Europe. The company is building new logistics storage shelves for the 2024 Kodiaq as most parts, including the chassis, are imported from Europe and assembled in India. Some components, such as the engine, are locally produced, with the launch expected in mid-2025.

“The new model will come next year as planned. We will sell the current model by the end of this year, then take a three to six-month break before launching the new model. If sales pick up during our seven-day festive offer, we can speed up the process. The earliest we can launch the new Kodiaq is May or June next year,” Janeba said.

Skoda will launch a sub-four-metre SUV in India before the Kodiaq, likely in February 2025.

Kodiaq Face Lift
The Kodiaq facelift will offer cosmetic and functional upgrades and will be launched in India with two key changes. It will be available in more variants, including a five-seater option alongside the seven-seater option. Despite these changes, it will retain the same powertrain and engine, a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder TSI petrol engine that produces 187bhp and 320Nm of peak torque.

Network Expansion
With a number of product launches lined up, Skoda is expanding its India network, especially in tier-3 markets. It currently has 200 sales touchpoints across the country, covering 100% of tier-1 cities and 99% of tier-2 cities, with plans to expand into tier-3 cities. With over 300,000 Skoda cars on Indian roads, the company also plans to add more service centres.

“With the launch of the compact SUV in February, we aim to significantly increase our touchpoints,” Janeba said. “We plan to have 280-300 touchpoints for both sales and after-sales by the end of 2025.”

Inputs from TOI

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