Skoda India is in the process of unveiling its new flagship SUV, the Kodiaq. The vehicle has been spied testing in the Indian market already and the company has now officially updated the vehicle on their site, with an ‘En Route’ sign which means the car is not too far away from launch.
So what else do we know?
The Kodiaq is Skoda’s first ever full-size SUV. It has 3 rows of seating. It is based on Skoda’s Vision S Concept that made its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motorshow. It will be sitting above the Superb in terms of positioning, when the vehicle is launched.
The vehicle was spied in the Indian market for the first time last month, without any camouflage. The vehicel is based on the MQB platform.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.
On the inside, the Kodiaq gets a new dashboard. It gets a larger 8″ touch screen sytem 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 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. Skoda could even launch a smaller liter TSI with the Kodiaq, to keep the entry level price low.
When it is launched later in the year, it will take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, the Ford Endeavour and the Isuzu MU-X, however it maybe a little more expensive than the competition.