Skoda has already launched the facelifted Kodiaq in the international market. The new Kodiaq has also been spotted in India that too without camouflage. The Czech manufacturer will be starting the production of the SUV in December this year and they will launch the Kodiaq in January’22.
This information was shared by Skoda’s Director, Sales and Marketing, Zac Hollis when a Twitter user asked him about the launch timeline of the SUV. Kodiaq will come to India as a CKD or Completely Knocked Down model.
It is expected to start from somewhere around Rs. 34 lakhs ex-showroom. It will compete against Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster and Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace. The Kodiaq will be offered only with a petrol engine now.
It will be a new 2.0-litre TSI engine that comes with turbocharging. The engine puts out 190 PS of max power and 320 Nm of peak torque. This is the same engine that is offered with the Skoda Octavia and Superb. It comes mated to a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox that will drive all four wheels.
When compared the previous 2.0-litre TDI engine was a diesel unit. It used to produce 150 PS of max power and 340 Nm of peak torque. It was also offered with a 7-speed DSG that transferred the power to all four wheels.
The new Kodiaq measures 4,697 mm in length, has a height of 1,681 mm and a width of 1,882 mm. It has a very spacious 835-litres of boot space. You can even fold down the rear seats if you want to store even more luggage. The boot space with rear seats folded measures 2,065-litres.
Skoda has reworked the design of the Kodiaq so that it looks more elegant than the previous one. It gets a sleeker butterfly grille and slim LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps. There are still fog lamps placed just below the headlamps.
Skoda also redesigned the front and rear bumpers. There are also new LED headlamps and a new spoiler. It will also get newly designed alloy wheels that measure 20-inches in size. However, in India, the size of alloy wheels will be dropped in favour of better ride quality. Overall, the SUV now does look more butch and more road presence.
Cabin and features
The interior has also been redesigned. It gets the new two-spoke steering wheel that we have seen on the Octavia and Kushaq. The air conditioning vents are placed vertically just like the previous-gen Kodiaq. It does get a new generation of the infotainment systems that comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and “Skoda Connect” connected car technology.
It also comes with a lot of features such as front ventilated seats with massaging function, a panoramic sunroof, multi-function steering wheel, ambient lighting, cruise control, leather upholstery, 12-speaker Canton speaker system, automatic climate control and much more. There is also a new fully digital instrument cluster that replaces the old analogue unit. Moreover, Skoda will also be offering a lot of safety equipment.