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Skoda Kodiaq Facelift: Chief Designer explains the changes

Skoda launched the all-new Kodiaq in the Indian market way back in 2017, a year after its global unveiling and launch. Skoda has added several variants and editions to the model since then. Skoda has now unveiled a mid-life update for the Kodiaq, which is likely to be launched in the Indian market soon. The new, updated Kodiaq also gets a new RS variant that is also likely to be launched in the Indian market with the update. Here is a design walkaround of the updated Kodiaq by Oliver Stefani, Head of Design, Skoda Auto.

During the launch event, which was streamed online, Oliver  Stefani explains the design changes in the new updated Kodiaq. With the update, Oliver explains that the front-end or the face of the car now looks much more robust and very dynamic. To do that, Skoda has re-designed the bonnet of the car. The bonnet is longer and the grille is more upright. The design of the grille is also different. The design of the air intakes in the bumper has changed too.

Skoda has even updated the headlamps. They now get crystalline structure and are smaller than before. The headlamps now combine with the grille flawlessly. On the side, the beltline connects to the rear line. The rear gets a high gloss diffuser that makes the roof seem longer and the car looks much sportier. The tail lamps are updated too. They are smaller and get the crystalline design language. The tail lamps sure look sharper than before.

Skoda Kodiaq Facelift: Chief Designer explains the changes

On the inside, the Kodiaq gets new ergonomic functions including a massage function. The overall design remains the same but there are a few changes that make the car much more updated and modern.

Skoda Kodiaq Facelift: Chief Designer explains the changes

Engine options

Skoda will not offer any diesel engine options in the future. Following the same strategy, Skoda Kodiaq will only get petrol engine options. There will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine that generates a maximum of around 190 Bhp. There is a less powerful 1.5-litre TSI engine that generates a maximum of 148Bhp.

The Indian market is likely to get the more powerful engine of the two. The Indian-spec model will also get an all-wheel-drive option (AWD) too. However, Skoda has not confirmed if the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine will also be an option for Indian customers.

Skoda has added the RS variant of the Octavia too. It gets a twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol TSI engine that is also available with the Octavia RS. It generates a maximum power of around 245 Bhp. Skoda has also added a remapped seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission as standard in the 2021 Kodiaq RS. With the new updates, it is about 60 kg lighter than before.

The launch of the new Kodiaq in the Indian market will happen in the July – September 2021 period. Skoda will soon launch the all-new fourth-generation Octavia by the end of this month while the all-new Kushaq will get a price tag by the end of June 2021.