Skoda’s most expensive vehicle in India – the Kodiaq is a quite popular choice among the buyers who want a classy looking luxurious vehicle. Skoda is now working to launch the Skoda Kodiaq Scout, which will be much more capable than the regular Kodiaq. The new launch will target vehicles like Toyota Fortuner and even the Jeep Compass Trailhawk. However, the Kodiaq Scout will not get a low-ratio transfer case, which is what comes in handy during the most challenging off-roading situations.
The new Skoda Kodiaq Scout will be launched at around the festive season. To be precise, the vehicle will be launched at around Diwali, which will be around the end of October. Skoda earlier launched the L&K edition of the Kodiaq in the Indian market, which came with added luxury features. The Scout, on the other side, will be a more rugged version of the vehicle and will also offer features that will aid in off-roading.
The changes in the Skoda Kodiaq Scout include a raised ground clearance of 194mm, which is 6mm more than the regular version of the Kodiaq. Also, the front and rear bumper of the Skoda Kodiaq Scout has been modified in a way that the approach and the departure angles are now better than the regular version. In addition to all these changes, the Kodiaq Scout will also offer an off-road mode. This particular mode will change the vehicle behaves off-the-road. It changes the throttle response and also changes the dampers settings. The updated damper settings are focussed for the hill-ascent and descending capabilities.
The exterior of the Skoda Kodiaq Scout gets a different set of alloy wheels. Also, there are the silver details on the grille. There is protection on the front and rear underbody. Also, the vehicle gets roof rails, which can be used to put up a lot of things. The vehicle also gets dual-tone ORVMs. On the inside, the Skoda Kodiaq Scout gets an all-black interior with wooden trim and insignia with the word “Scout” on the seats, backrests and glove compartment.
Coming to feature list, the Skoda Kodiaq will come loaded to the brim. It will get all-LED headlamps, ESC, 6 airbags, keyless entry with start/stop button and power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats. Features like 360-degree parking camera, auto headlamps with rain-sensing wipers and 12-way electrically adjustable front seats with memory function may not be available in the Scout. All these features are standard with the Skoda Kodiaq L&K.
The Kodiaq Scout will get powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine option that powers the other vehicles. It generates a maximum power of 150 PS and peak torque of 340 Nm. It will get a 7-speed DSG transmission as standard.