Skoda launched the facelifted Kodiaq 7 seat luxury SUV early this year, and had to quickly suspend bookings after selling out the entire year’s production of 1,000-1,200 units in just days after launch. Skoda India has now re-opened bookings for the facelifted Kodiaq, and deliveries for the latest crop of bookings will happen in the first quarter of 2023. In other words, people booking the Skoda Kushaq Facelift will have to wait 6-8 months for delivery.
The booking amount is pegged at Rs. 50,000. Prices of the facelifted Skoda Kodiaq have gone up by quite a bit. The Style trim is now priced at Rs Rs 37.49 lakh ex-showroom while the Sportline and Laurin & Klement (L&K) variants sell at Rs 38.49 lakh and Rs 39.99 lakh respectively. The new prices represent a Rs. 2.5 lakh increase over the older prices.
Mechanically, the facelifted Skoda Kodiaq will remain the same as the version launched early this year. At the heart of the matter will be the 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged TFSI petrol engine putting out 188 Bhp of peak power and 320 Nm of peak torque. A 7 speed twin clutch DSG automatic gearbox will be standard fare with this engine. All variants of the Kodiaq get an all wheel drive layout as standard.
Key features on the SUV include Dynamic Chassis Control with variable damping, Handsfree parking, CANTON 12 speaker stereo, Differential Lock, Hill Descent Control, 9 Airbags, 12 Way Electrically Adjustable Front Seats (with 3 Memory Pre-sets), Automatic Three Zone AC, Panoramic Sunroof, Cruise Control, Active Cornering Headlights, Automatic Head Lamps (LED Projector), LED DRLs (Daytime, Running Lights), Ambient Interior Lighting, Foot Triggered Boot-lid Opening, Rain Sensing Wipers, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), 360 View Camera, Keyless Entry, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Android Auto/Apple Car Play, All Telematics Functions, Voice Commands and a Touch Screen Infotainment Display.
The Skoda Kodiaq directly competes with other monocoque luxury SUVs such as the Jeep Meridian and the Volkswagen Tiguan. Indirect competition for the Kodiaq – due to price overlap – comes from body-on-ladder SUVs such as the Toyota Fortuner and the MG Gloster. The Kodiaq is assembled in India, at Skoda’s Aurangabad factory, through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route.
Zac Hollis, brand director, Skoda India, had this to say about the re-opening of Kodiaq Facelift bookings,
I can’t say how many [we have planned], but I can assure you and everyone that it is a good number of units and we will be able to satisfy the demand. While we are opening bookings for deliveries in the first quarter of 2023, we already have a plan in place for the rest of the year and will take orders quarter wise.