We may have a name for Skoda’s upcoming compact and subcompact SUVs. The Hyundai Creta-rivalling compact SUV based on the Vision IN, which was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 could be called the Kosmiq. Meanwhile, the sub-4m SUV to rival the Hyundai Venue and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza could be called Kliq.
Both of these names follow Skoda’s SUV nomenclature of starting the name with the letter K and ending it with the letter Q. The Kodiaq, Karoq and Kamiq already adhere to this style and if the rumours are to be believed, then so do the upcoming India-spec Skoda SUVs. Konarq and Karmiq are the other options being considered for Skoda’s upcoming compact and subcompact SUVs.
The Skoda Kosmiq will come with the 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Skoda may also offer a 6-speed manual transmission with the car. This turbo petrol engine is good for 150PS of power at 5000rpm and 250Nm of torque between 1500 and 3500rpm.
The subcompact SUV is likely to come with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol. This engine is currently available in the Polo GT and Vento. It makes 110PS of power at 5000rpm and 175Nm of torque between 1750 and 4000rpm. This engine is currently available in India with only a 6-speed manual transmission but the Kliq could come with the option of a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic as well. This is the first turbo petrol engine in India from the VW Group to come with a manual transmission. The dual-clutch automatic transmission is yet to prove its reliability in India for any carmaker. The Polo GT TSI’s DCT didn’t have a clean track record for reliability. Taking it out of the equation makes the turbo petrol engine a bit safer from a reliability standpoint.