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Skoda Kodiaq L&K Revealed, Will It Come To India?

Published On Feb 16, 2018 07:33 PM By Raunak for Skoda Kodiaq

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Besides the L&K variant, the Kodiaq also gets a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine in its lineup

Skoda Kodiaq L&K

Skoda’s flagship SUV, the Kodiaq, has finally received the L&K treatment in Europe. The new variant is scheduled to make its public debut at the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. For the uninitiated, L&K stands for the initials of the Czech automaker’s founders - Laurin & Klement. The L&K badging is reserved for the top-of-the-line variant which features a host of tech and luxury-enhancing features. The Superb sold in India, for instance, is available in the L&K variant in India. Even the first-gen Octavia and the Laura were available with the L&K trim. Here’s what the Skoda Kodiaq L&K packs over the regular SUV. 

Skoda Kodiaq L&K

What’s New? 

  • Up front, it gets chrome detailing on the twin vertical slats 
  • The front bumper gets a redesigned lower section. Unlike the regular variants, the lower half of the bumper is body-coloured and features aero inserts
  • Rides on 19-inch machined alloy wheels. The India-spec model, on the other hand, is offered with 18-inch alloy wheels 
  • Comes with ‘Laurin & Klement’ logos on the front fenders   
  • The rear bumper too gets a body-coloured lower section. You also get a trendy chrome applique that runs through the entire width of the SUV
  • On the inside, it comes with black or beige leather upholstery, ‘black piano lacquer’ finish on the dashboard and an all-digital instrument cluster 
  • A subtle ‘Laurin & Klement’ logo can be also found on the seats as well as on the digital instrument cluster, dashboard panel and on the home screen of the infotainment system  

Skoda Kodiaq L&K

New Engines? 

The Skoda Kodiaq now comes with VW Group’s new 1.5-litre TSI EVO turbocharged petrol engine. This engine is set to be the most powerful motor to be offered with the India-bound Skoda Karoq (Yeti replacement). Like the India-spec Kodiaq diesel, the 1.5-litre petrol engine too puts out 150PS of power. This engine is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch (DSG) transmission. The existing 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine of the Kodiaq has received a power bump from 180PS to 190PS as well.   

Will it be launched in India? 

In India, the Skoda Kodiaq is only available in a single variant with a diesel powertrain. It is priced at Rs 34.49 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). Currently, only Toyota offers a petrol option in the form of the Fortuner. Priced at 26.20 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi), it packs a 2.7-litre engine and is based on a ladder-frame chassis. Hence, we believe Skoda would do well if they give customers an alternative which offers a more comfortable and plusher ride thanks to the Kodiaq’s monocoque construction. Our guess is on Skoda launching the L&K variant with the 2.0-litre petrol engine in India. Also, since diesel still rules in the premium SUV segment, we cannot rule out a diesel-powered L&K variant as well. If greenlighted by Skoda India, expect it to be introduced later this year.

Check out: Skoda Kodiaq: First Drive Review

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