Skoda had made it clear that a they would be launching a few new models in 2017. The year started with the special edition Octavia, which is now being followed up with the all-new Octavia. The company had also confirmed that they will be launching both the Kodiaq and the vRS during the festive season. According to IAB, this launch will now take place in September 2017.
Let’s start with the Kodiaq first. The Kodiaq has already been spotted testing on Indian roads and has also been updated on Skoda’s Indian site. The vehicle is Skoda’s first 7-seat SUV and it will take on the likes of the Fortuner and the Endeavour when it is launched. The vehicle will be Skoda’s flagship model and will come with LED headlamps and LED tail lamps. On the inside, there will be a massive 8″ touch screen system which will have Apple Car play and Android Auto compatibility. Under the hood, we expect the 2.0 liter diesel engine to be on offer which produces 187 Bhp and 400 Nm. It will also be on offer with both manual and automatic gearboxes and will also have the option of all-wheel drive.
The vRS on the other hand is one vehicle that all petrol heads have been waiting for. While the first generation vRS was a true rocket, the second generation came to India only in the form of a body kit on the normal Laura TSi, and not with the 2.0 liter TSi engine. This one though will be on offer with the 2.0 liter TSi unit in the 230 guise, which means the power output will be 227 Bhp and 350 Nm. While the vehicle is offered with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG in the international market, we will be getting the 6-speed DSG only, according to sources close to us. The vRS that will be coming will be the facelifted one, which means it will have the split headlamp cluster. While the international version gets 19″ rims, we are not sure the same will make it on the Indian version, given our road conditions.
Pricing details will only be known when the vehicle is launched in September this year.