Upcoming Skoda Kodiaq 7 seat luxury SUV: Variant details out

Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda is all set to bring its flagship SUV back to the Indian car market, the Kodiaq. Unlike before, the three-row Skoda Kodiaq is returning to India in a petrol-only avatar this time. The production of the Kodiaq has already begun at Skoda’s manufacturing plant in Aurangabad, and we have come to know that the SUV will be launched in three different variants.

Upcoming Skoda Kodiaq 7 seat luxury SUV: Variant details out

There will be three new variants for the Skoda Kodiaq – Style, Sportline, and Laurin & Klement (L&K). The Style and L&K variants were already there for the previously available diesel-automatic Kodiaq, though this time, there is a new mid-spec Sportline variant between the two. The Style will be the entry-level variant here, with the least asking price of the three.

Just like in the Superb, the Sportline variant of the Skoda Kodiaq will have a sportier essence, in comparison to the other two variants. In the Sportline variant, the Kodiaq will get a blacked-out grille, alloy wheels, fog lamp surrounds, rearview mirrors, and boot lid garnish. The cabin too will be an all-black affair, with the expected upholstery to be wrapped in premium leather.

The top-spec L&K variant of the Skoda Kodiaq will be loaded with all the premium equipment one expects from an SUV of this class. The list of features in this variant includes Matrix LED headlamps, 18-inch machined alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, front and rear parking sensors, and a huge panoramic sunroof.

Upcoming Skoda Kodiaq 7 seat luxury SUV: Variant details out

On the inside too, the Kodiaq L&K will be equipped with black and beige leather upholstery, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple Carplay, and Android Auto, virtual cockpit full-TFT instrument console, ambient lighting, powered front seats, three-zone automatic climate control, push start-stop button and more. It will also get features like nine airbags, hands-free parking, and a rearview camera.

New more powerful engine

Instead of the 2.0-liter 190 bhp diesel engine available in the previous model, the new Skoda Kodiaq will now be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged TSI petrol engine. It is the same engine that powers the Octavia and Superb, and here too, it will make 190 PS of maximum power and 320 Nm of maximum torque. The only choice of transmission to be offered as standard will be a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. All the three-variants of the Kodiaq will be offered with an all-wheel-drive setup as standard.

Like before, the Skoda Kodiaq is expected to be priced similarly to other ladder-on-frame diesel SUVs like Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, and Isuzu MU-X. It will also take on the likes of smaller but premium SUVs like Volkswagen Tiguan, Citroen C5 Aircross and soon to be launched Jeep Meridian. Its direct rival, the Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace was discontinued in 2021 and was replaced by its five-seater version, the Tiguan.