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Skoda Kodiaq To Get A Petrol Engine Soon; Could Be Followed By Go-Fast Kodiaq RS

Published On Apr 28, 2019 11:59 AM By Dhruv.A for Skoda Kodiaq

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Currently, the Skoda Kodiaq is only offered with a 2.0-litre TDI engine, which it shares with the Superb and Octavia

  • The Skoda Kodiaq could get either a 1.5-litre TSI or a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine by 2020.

  • Expected to be more affordable than the Kodiaq diesel, which is priced from Rs 35.36 lakh (ex-showroom India).

  • Currently, Skoda offers two petrol engines in India - 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre TSI units seen on the Octavia and Superb.

  • Kodiaq petrol will be offered as an alternative to the petrol-powered Toyota Fortuner and Honda CR-V.

  • The diesel-only, go-fast Kodiaq RS is also expected to be launched on our shores soon.

Skoda is gearing up to launch a petrol powertrain for its flagship SUV, the Kodiaq, in India. Zac Hollis, the director of sales, service and marketing at Skoda Auto India, has revealed to CarDekho that the Czech brand is planning to launch the Kodiaq with a petrol engine in 2020. Internationally, the Skoda Kodiaq is offered with two 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines - a 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre TSI unit.



1.5-litre TSI

2.0-litre TSI

2.0-litre TDI (existing unit)










6-speed MT | 7-speed DSG

7-speed DSG

7-speed DSG


Yes (Only with DSG)

Yes (Standard)

Yes (Standard)

The 1.5-litre TSI unit makes better business sense here in India as the same engine can also be used to power other cars from Skoda, Volkswagen and Audi. The smaller 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine is identical to the existing diesel unit in terms of power. It also comes with  active cylinder management technology which shuts down a couple of cylinders during low and medium loads to reduce fuel consumption.. Being a smaller engine, it can help Skoda offer the Kodiaq at a much more affordable price. However, we still expect the flagship Skoda powered by the petrol engine to cost a tad over the Rs 30 lakh mark.

If Skoda brings the 2.0-litre TSI instead, the Kodiaq petrol is likely to be priced on par with the diesel-powered version, which will end up making the SUV an even more premium proposition. In international markets, Skoda offers the Kodiaq powered by the 1.5-litre petrol engine with an optional all-wheel drive system. However, the company might not offer this option in India since none of the petrol-powered SUVs in this space (read: Toyota Fortuner and Honda CR-V) feature this option. Below are the prices of the petrol-powered Fortuner and CR-V along with the current prices of the Kodiaq diesel.


Honda CR-V (Petrol)

Toyota Fortuner (Petrol)

Skoda Kodiaq (diesel)

Prices (ex-showroom Delhi)

Rs 28.25 lakh

Rs 27.83 to Rs 29.42 lakh

Rs 35.36 lakh to Rs 36.78 lakh

Also on the cards is the Skoda Kodiaq RS, a diesel rocket which currently holds the record for the fastest seven seater SUV around the Nurburgring. Speaking to CarDekho, Zac Hollis said, “The car I'd really love to bring to India is the Kodiaq RS . That's a car. I'm not saying I am, I said I would love to do. It’s an incredible car. It is beautifully designed. It's crazy fast. It's a lot of fun.”

This go-fast version of the Kodiaq puts out 240PS of power and 500Nm of torque. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre TDI engine, albeit with a  biturbo, allowing it to sprint from 0-100kmph in just 6.9 seconds. Top speed is rated at 221 kmph. The Skoda Kodiaq RS has a claimed fuel efficiency figure of 15.6 kmpl. If launched in India, it is likely to be priced close to the Rs 40 lakh mark.

Meanwhile, Skoda is set to kickstart its ‘India 2.0’ strategy with the launch of a made-in-India SUV based on the Kamiq. It is likely to be launched in 2020 alongside the Skoda Karoq, the much awaited replacement from the Skoda Yeti. That aside, which engine and transmission combination would you like to see on the Kodiaq? Let us know in the comments below.

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manuel alcarria
May 22, 2019 12:32:31 PM

8 months waiting for my Kodiaq Sportline 2.0 TSI and still in it… It was supposed to be finally delivered to my this week. However, just a few days ago someone realized that my car was wrongly manufactured with a diesel engine instead of petrol. Really? Is this a joke? Is this mistake even possible in the nowadays in 2019? Nobody detected it before in your super smart manufacturing process? 8 months waiting due to WLTP and petrol engines homologations delays for finally having nothing!!! Now I have to wait for another 3 months more… Really? Is this another joke? Why do I have to pay for your mistakes? I am bored of doing this… Did you forgot that I have already been waiting for 8 months? I cannot rely on Skoda any more. 3 or 4 moths for delivery said my distributor to my on September 2018… 11 months instead of 3 is a big difference. Isn’t it? Meantime, I didn’t get the my car for my baby birth, either my Easter vacations and either my next summer vacations I am really disappointed with SKODA… Many lacks in your business… The main, that you probably forgot the meaning and the value of “customer care” Please, inform future customers about this, in order to prepare them for long periods of frustration and disappointment. Your SIMPLY CLEVER should be SIMPLY NEVER, because your cars never arrive…

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May 23, 2019 9:39:30 AM

We completely understand the inconvenience that you experienced with the delivery of the car. Hence would like to bring to your kind notice that CarDekho is an online platform where you get complete details for the car. Talking about the car delivery that will only be provided by the dealership. Being a customer at some point of time we can absolutely understand you emotions that are attached with the purchase. Such an experience is not at all accepted from the brand like Skoda. Would request you to share your words directly with the brand so that they can look into it and help you accordingly.

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    knk dhanwinn
    Apr 30, 2019 6:30:24 AM

    Petrol 190 ps engine is better , it's obviously more responsive

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    Apr 30, 2019 9:46:53 AM

    Let's see what Skoda bring in the market.

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