2017 is going to be an interesting year for Skoda India. They have a few new models lined up this year, like the new Octavia, the vRS and their new flagship SUV, the Kodiaq. While the Kodiaq is expected to launch during the festive season, it has been spied for the first time in India by a Team Bhp member.
The Kodiaq is the flagship model from Skoda and it sits above the Superb. The Kodiaq is a full size SUV and has the 7-seat option. While it is not as rugged as either the Endeavour or the Fortuner, it will take on the two of them. The SUV is 4.7 meters long and is a butch looking vehicle, with the massive grille and the sharply raked headlamp cluster. The side profile on the Kodiaq is similar to that of the Q7. At the back, you have the signature LED tail lamps in the ‘C’ shape. What you see here is the spec that will be on offer in the Indian variant. It will have new multi spoke alloy wheels and will get LED headlamps up front.
On the inside, the Kodiaq gets a new dashboard. It gets a larger 8″ touch screen ssytem and redesigned AC vents that suit its SUV character. Space is something that all Skoda cars have been delivering on and this doesn’t disappoint on that front. Even boot space is a massive 720 liters with the 5-seats up. The inside too is similar to the international model with the new style dashboard with the massive wood finish on the passenger side. That happens to be a glove box in the international variant though.
The Kodiaq comes with 5 engine options in the global market, however most of them won’t be making it to India. We expect the 2.0 liter TDi unit in the 187 Bhp, 400 Nm state of tune to be the first to be launched in the country. This could also be followed by the 2.0 liter TSi unit which produces 178 Bhp and 320 Nm. You can expect both an automatic and a manual transmission to be on offer and there could also be an option of 2wd and 4wd as well. The vehicle that was spotted testing was a 4×4 version.
When is it coming?
The company will launch the Kodiaq during the festive season, which means around September-October this year. The company has already begun taking bookings for the SUV and has also displayed the vehicle on their site, with an ‘En-Route’ sign.