Skoda Kodiaq

Expected Launch
Oct- Dec 2017
Expected Price
Rs 28 lakh to 35 lakh
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Skoda Kodiaq Upcoming Car

Skoda Kodiaq

The recent sale trends in the Indian car market have shown that SUVs now dominate over sedans in the D2 segment. To get its share in this hot category, Skoda is bringing the Kodiaq. The 7-seater SUV that will compete with Santa Fe, Endeavour and Fortuner has been spotted testing on the roads of Pune. As the test mule was not camouflaged the design and details have been noticed by motor enthusiasts. This mid-sized SUV was already revealed last year in Berlin. More recently, it was revealed as the Kodiaq ‘Scout’ before the Geneva Motor Show.  While there is no official announcement for the launch of model in the sub-continent, the testing hints it is in the pipeline for this year. The seven seat layout of this SUV will become a key factor for the popularity of the Kodiaq in India. Skoda will assemble the model locally at its Aurangabad plant to keep down the costs low. Nonetheless, considering the size and features of this car we expect the price of the base trim to start from at least Rs 28 lakh. Kodiaq will be positioned above the Superb sedan in Skoda’s product line-up. For its exterior design the SUV has a contemporary look and boastful road presence. There’s the butterfly grille design with Skoda family logo on the tip of the bonnet. Swept back headlamps with L shaped LED daytime running lights give it menacing face.  The bumper features a wide air dam and fog lamps are housed in sculpted long housings below the headlights. There are sharp creases for a V on the bonnet adding to its brawny appearance. Kodiaq’s dimensions measure at 4700 mm for length, 1910 mm for width and 1680 mm for height. It has a wheelbase of 2790 mm and stands 168 mm over the ground. The SUV shares its platform with the Superb. In the profile look you can see strong detailing lines, flared wheel arches and wide section tyres. There may be 19-inch alloy wheels for the India–spec model. Silvered roof rails and variant badges on the front wing complete the look. The rear look of Kodiaq is underscored by wrap around LED tail lamps and there are sleek reflector lights above the bumper. The cabin design complements reflects the premium attributes of the SUV. It is spacious with three rows of seats and the dashboard has a practical layout. The quality of materials used is slightly better than other Skoda and VW cars but some parts such as AC controls, switch gear and steering wheel unit look are from common bins. Big, vertical AC vents flank the Skoda Connect touchscreen which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For its other equipment, Kodiaq features handsfree-tailgate operation, dual zone climate control, park assist camera, electrically adjustable front seats and start/stop button. The cabin feels roomy and the Alcantra seats are supportive but as in some other 7-seater UVs the legroom in third row of seat may not be enough for adults. Luggage space looks sufficient and more space can be created by folding down the third row seat. Now for some more important details – the Skoda Kodiaq already has a range of engine options and specs. Since there are no official announcements, we cannot corroborate as to how many of these variants will be released for India. But it looks like the buyers will have good options on offer. One of these engines is a 1.4 litre TSI petrol tuned for 123 bhp and 148 bhp. There is a bigger 2.0 litre petrol unit generating 177.5 bhp. For diesel the Kodiaq has 2.0 litre TDI unit that also gives two spec choices of 148 bhp and 187 bhp.    These engines are coupled with 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission is also expected. Besides the standard front wheel drive, an AWD may also be brought in the Indian market. Sources say there will be Off-Road Assist to adjust the throttle response, dampers and diff lock for superior traction. Hill Hold and Hill Descent controls are standard features. Other safety elements can include Crew Protect Assist, blind spot detection, and automatic emergency breaking (AEB) with pedestrian detection. We hope that Skoda will launch this seven seater SUV in the festive season of 2017 and will keep you updated with more news.

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