Skoda Kodiaq is the Czech Republic carmaker’s first ever 7 seater SUV. It will rival products like Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour in India.
The new 7 seater SUV from Skoda will be offered in a total of five engine options ranging from 1.4-litre to 2.0-litre.
Skoda Kodiaq, the first-ever 7-seater SUV from the Czech Republic carmaker, might make its way to India during this year’s festive season. Though, it will be first launched in the European markets. The upcoming SUV from the Czech carmaker takes its name inspiration from the Alaska’s ‘Kodiak’ bear and will be positioned as its new flag-bearer model. In India, the 7-seater SUV will face challenge from cars like Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour , Chevrolet Trailblazer and the Hyundai Santa Fe in the premium SUV segment.
With a seven-seat layout, the Skoda Kodiaq is aimed at the large families, business professionals and off-road enthusiasts. Designed on the following parameters-character in design, extraordinary space for occupants, practical intelligence and innovative technology, the Kodiaq represents the strengths of the Czech brand. Also Read: Upcoming 7 Seater Cars in India
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|Base Model||Rs 28 lakh (Estimated)|
|Top Model||Rs 35 lakh (Estimated)|
Skoda in India has been recklessly trying to claim a spot in the premium SUV segment. Models like Yeti failed to spill magic and it now eyes conquering a sizeable chunk in the premium SUV segment with its 7-seater SUV, Kodiaq. As for the pricing, the India spec model could be priced as low as Rs 28 lakh to the base variant, and go up to Rs 35 lakh for the top-spec version. Read – Skoda Rapid Facelift – All You Need To Know
The plan for India launch is still not confirmed, but reports suggest that Skoda will first launch the SUV in European markets, followed by India launch. The Czech Republic automaker is evaluating options to bring the SUV in India during festive season, possibly in October. Although, there is yet no official word from the carmaker on the same and we will come up with verified information as soon as Skoda makes an official announcement.
|1.4-litre TSI Petrol||123bhp & 148bhp|
|2.0-litre TSI Petrol||177.5bhp|
|2.0-litre TDI Diesel||148bhp and 187bhp|
|Transmission||6-speed manual and DSG|
|Drivetrain system||FWD (only on the base model) & AWD|
In the European market, the SUV will come with two petrol and one diesel engines boosted with turbocharged direct injection system. All these engines will comply with Euro-6 emission standards. The petrol line-up will get a choice between 1.4 litre TSI unit making power in two tunes -123bhp and 148bhp, while the 2.0 litre TSI motor will offer 177.5bhp. The Kodiaq diesel will have the 2.0 litre motor pushing out 148bhp and 187bhp. Transmission options on offer will be a 6-speed manual gearbox (with 1.4 litre TSI) and a 7-speed DSG (with 2.0 litre diesel).
All the variants will get the AWD system as standard save for the 1.4 litre 123bhp model that will use the FWD drivetrain. On the other hand, the India-spec model might come with just three powertrain options – 177bhp 2.0 litre TSI petrol, 147bhp 2.0 litre TDI diesel and 187bhp 2.0 litre diesel. Additionally, the SUV will also come with optional Dynamic Chassis Control that allows driver to switch engine modes, suspension and throttle response transmission.
|Claimed||23.8kmpl / 56.5mpg|
Loaded with features such as start-stop system, thermos-management system and brake energy recovery, the new Skoda SUV is likely to be high on fuel efficiency. Please note that the mileage figures mentioned above are for the 2.0 litre diesel unit.
Built on Skoda’s VisionS design concept, displayed at the 86th Geneva Motor Show, the Kodiaq measures 4,700mm in length, 1,910mm in width and 1,680mm in height. Inside, it will get seven-seat layout implicating a long wheelbase that estimates at 2,790mm. The global model of the SUV will have a ground clearance measuring 168mm as opposed to 200mm for the India-spec model.
The exterior features will include narrow raked LED headlamps, Skoda’s quintessential three dimensional radiator grille, flish-mounted door handles and parallelogram-shaped fog lamps on the bumper. Rear side will equip twin exhaust system, tailgate spoiler, body-toned bumper and angular LED tail-lamps. As for the in-cabin provisions, the SUV is likely to receive digital instrument cluster, rear seat entertainment system, 60:40 split fold rear seats, fabric/leather combination and Alcantra leather seat covers, Skoda connect Infotainment system, optional ambient lighting, tow assist, area view system, adaptive cruise control and driver alert.
Skoda says that the Kodiaq SUV’s design has been inspired from the Czech Bohemain and Cubic crystal art depicting ‘strength and protection’. Underpinning the MQB platform of parent company Volkswagen, it carries a progressive, bold and aggressive design. In the front, sits a thirteen vertical slat grille. The LED headlamps with LED DRLs flank the front grille and as we go down on the bumper, a set of parallelogram-shaped fog lamps is equipped. The sporty design highlights continue on the side with elements like sharp character lines, flush mounted door handles and large alloys. On the rear side, the SUV gets LED tail-lamps, triangular reflector, tailgate spoiler, black plastic bumper, tailgate mounted spoiler and twin exhaust system.
Cabin of the new Skoda SUV is well-laid out, and packed with hi-tech features. It has minimalist dashboard, digital instrument cluster, digital centre stack, touchscreen dials and an infotainment system. The seats are wrapped with premium leather upholstery that goes well with the metallic trims. There will be a separate entertainment system for the rear seat occupants. Features like door panels and steering wheel are carried over from the Superb sedan. The instrument panel dons two symmetrical zones and vertically placed air conditioning vents. Glass design on the touch display looks fairly good. In addition to the aforementioned features, it will also get a host of provisions such as the heated steering, electric child safety among others.
Seats get part-leather covers and two optional third-row seats that can be folded completely for more space. In terms of connectivity, the SUV will benefit from Skoda’s new Connect infotainment system with Google Earth, SUV’s media, phone and satellite navigation. Stuffed to the brim, the SUV will also offer features including 360-degree cameras, emergency systems and Apple CarPlay. The 4.7 meters of length implicates a large cabin with ample space for passengers. It is expected that there will be generous space of 720 litres for storing luggage which can further be expanded to 2,065-litres by folding the rear seat. Along with the seven-seat layout, the SUV the will also be available with five-seat configuration.
The Skoda Kodiaq will be the flagship model of the brand. The SUV looks quite aggressive, and features conventional SUV characteristics such as good levels of visibility and high driving position.