Launching Tomorrow: Skoda Kodiaq
It is Skoda’s first ever 7-seat SUV and will initially be available with a 2.0-litre diesel engine in a single variant, while a 2.0-litre petrol is likely to be introduced early next year
Skoda is all set to launch its debutant full-size 7-seater SUV, the Kodiaq, tomorrow in India. Pre-bookings for the Skoda Kodiaq are already underway. It will be available in a single top-spec variant and is expected to be priced well over Rs 30 lakh.
The Skoda Kodiaq is based on VW Group’s MQB platform (Modular Transverse Matrix), which is a monocoque chassis, and goes up against old-school ladder frame rivals such as the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. Price-wise it will also go up against entry level luxury SUVs such as the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA. In terms of features the Kodiaq is certainly loaded to the brim with nine airbags, Canton 485-watt 10-speaker audio system, lane assist and blind spot detection among others.
Mechanically, the Kodiaq will only be available with a 2.0-litre diesel engine coupled to an automatic transmission initially. While a 2.0-litre petrol is on the cards, it will not be available at launch and is likely to be introduced early next year.
- Engine: 2.0-litre TDI diesel
- Power: 150PS @ 3500-4000rpm
- Torque: 340Nm @ 1750-3000rpm
- Transmission: 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch automatic)
- Drivetrain: AWD (all-wheel-drive)
- Fuel Efficiency: 16.25kmpl (ARAI-certified)
- Ground Clearance: 188mm
- Price: Rs 34-36 lakh (expected)
Check out how the big brute from Czech feels like to drive in our review here: Skoda Kodiaq: First Drive Review