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 seven-seater SUV is the next big thing, coming from the stables of Czech car giant for the Indian market. The mid-size SUV was revealed last year in Berlin and has been spotted testing for the first time in India. Spied near Pune, the test mule was completely undisguised, providing details about the India-bound model. The recent sighting of the mid-size SUV infers that Skoda is planning the launch in the coming months. Skoda has not made any official announcement about the launch, but it is suggested that Kodiaq will come to India sometime this year. The SUV segment is currently the hottest segment in India and sudden influx of new models testifies the immense growth in this space. It is indeed the right time for Skoda to launch a mid-size premium SUV in India which will take on the likes of Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.
What makes it a potential product is the seven seat layout and the lucrative pricing that is estimated to start from Rs 28 lakh. Skoda will assemble the vehicle at its facility in Aurangabad which will help curb pricing. Now in visual terms, the SUV will be contemporary with boastful proportions and key elements enhancing the exterior profile. In front, it will get butterfly grille and two-tier headlamps, while rear will come with LED tail-lamp units. On the inside, it will match up with the resplendent exterior, sporting chic styling and host of connectivity features such as Skoda Connect touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also Read: Upcoming 7 Seater Cars in India
For the Indian market, Skoda will use variety of engines in petrol and diesel variants. There will be a 177bhp 2.0-litre petrol and 187bhp, 2.0-litre TDI unit. Reports in media suggest that it will also get a 147bhp, 2.0-litre oil burner; but we believe this engine may not make to India. The 7-speed DSG unit will be standard on the carline supported by the AWD system. Also Read: New Skoda Superb – All You Need To Know
|Base Model||Rs 28 lakh (Estimated)|
|Top Model||Rs 35 lakh (Estimated)|
Skoda currently offers Yeti in India which failed to chip in volumes. With Kodiaq 7-seater SUV, Skoda eyes grabbing a spot in the thriving segment. In order to do that, it is important to price the vehicle competitively. Since Skoda will assemble it locally at its Aurangabad facility, we expect prices to be lucrative. The Kodiaq price is estimated to fall between Rs 28 lakh to Rs 35 lakh. Read – Skoda Rapid Facelift – All You Need To Know
Spotted testing for the first time in India, Kodiaq will be launched this year. Skoda has not given any specific time frame for the Kodiaq launch, but it is expected break cover by festive season this year.
|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|
The India-bound model will be offered with petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variants will source power from the 2.0-litre TSI unit, good for 177bhp and 320Nm of torque. There are supposed to be two oil bruners-147bhp and 187bhp 2.0-litre units. But we believe that India will only get the 187bhp, 400Nm 2.0-litre powertrain. All the units will be paired to the 7-speed DSG gearbox supported by AWD system. Additionally, it will also get optional Dynamic Chassis Control that enables switching engine modes, throttle response transmission and suspension.
|Claimed||23.8kmpl / 56.5mpg|
Fuel economy for the diesel powered Kodiaq is estimated between 13 to 14kmpl in city conditions and 18 to 19kmpl on highways.
Dimensionally, the seven-seater Kodiaq will measure 4,700mm in length, 1,910mm in width and 1,680mm in height. Wheelbase of 2,790mm will translate into a spacious cabin and India-based model will get 200mm ground clearance.
-Skoda Connect Touchscreen
-Hands-free tailgate operation
-Umbrella tucked inside doors
-Dual-zone automatic climate control
-Electrically adjustable driver’s and passenger seats
-Start/stop button mounted on steering wheel
Kodiaq will sit above Superb sedan in Skoda’s line-up and will be built around the same parameters used in other Skoda cars. Impressive on the outside, Kodiaq seven-seater SUV will be spacious on the inside, packed with advanced tech and goodies. Although it sports boastful proportions, but the sharp angular body lines confer compact look. The SUV shares underpinnings with Superb sedan and bears resemblance to the Superb sedan. In front, it gets chunky butterfly grille and two-tier headlamps with LED units. On its side, the SUV features strong lines, pronounced wheel arches and fat tyres. And at the back, it comes with wrap-around tail-lamps and raked in windscreen and integrated spoiler.
There is no dearth of space on the inside with well spaced three rows, though the third row is a bit cramped. Luggage space is generous even with the third row which can be expanded further by folding the third row seats. The dashboard is well laid-out and gets vertical AC vents. Another thing that has improved with Kodiaq is the quality of plastic used for the interior. There is a familiarity with VW cars with similar looking AC controls, switchgear and steering wheel. Additionally, it gets a raft of features including Skoda’s Connect Touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Hands-free tailgate operation, dual-zone automatic climate control, electrically adjustable driver’s and passenger seats and start/stop button mounted on steering wheel among others.
The mid-size premium SUV segment has received a new lease of life lately with models receiving updates and witnessing generation change. Upon its launch, Skoda Kodiaq will go up against new Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Santa Fe Ford Endeavour and Chevrolet Trailblazer in the segment.
Source – Team-BHP
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.