Skoda Kodiaq will be the Czech Republic carmaker’s first-ever 7 seater SUV 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.
The Czech Republic carmaker has revealed the India launch details of the much-awaited Skoda Kodiaq SUV at an event in Mumbai. This all-new 7-seater SUV will go on sale in Q4, 2017. With all-new Kodiaq, Skoda will mark its entry in the highly competitive 7-seater SUV segment in the country. With its India arrival, the all-new Skoda Kodiaq will take on the segment leaders – Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. This new SUV will also compete against the Hyundai Santa Fe and other mid-sized premium SUVs. Skoda claims that its new 7-seater SUV makes a strong statement with impressive combination of powerful design, great functionality, innovative connectivity solutions, state-of-the art assistance systems and generous cabin space.
The new Skoda SUV has been designed on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform that also underpins the Volkswagen Tiguan. Featuring the brand’s latest crystalline design language, the Skoda Kodiaq offers a masculine and premium appeal. Its sharp lines, bejewelled lighting elements and creased metal add more to its sporty appearance. The Kodiaq SUV is also equipped with several high-end safety and security features. The vehicle achieved 5-star rating by the safety regulatory body, Euro NCAP. It is equipped with 7 airbags, ISOFIX rear child seat mounts, seat belt reminder, load limiters and seatbelt pretensioners. Besides, the vehicle also has an emergency braking and optional lane-assist system. The results show, Kodiaq is superior in adult occupant safety with 92% score, whereas it received 77% for child occupant safety and 71% for pedestrian. Kodiaq’s safety assist system also scored above 54% in the crash test. Read More – Skoda Karoq Unveiled; India Launch In 2018
The company has also loaded this 7-seater SUV with a bunch of advanced connectivity and luxury features. Interestingly, this car has four new infotainment systems – Swing, Bolero, Amundsen and Columbus – that can be paired with smartphones via the SmartLink+ interface for Bluetooth. On safety front, the Kodiaq SUV is one of the safest machines in its segment. Loaded with several high-end safety and security features, the vehicle achieved 5-star rating by the safety regulatory body, Euro NCAP. Photo Gallery: Upcoming 7 Seater Cars in India
The SUV offers 7 airbags protection along with ISOFIX rear child seat mounts, seat belt reminder, load limiters and seatbelt pretensioners. Safety equipment such as an emergency braking and optional lane-assist system are also on offer. The results show, Kodiaq is superior in adult occupant safety with 92% score, whereas it received 77% for child occupant safety and 71% for pedestrian. Kodiaq’s safety assist system also scored above 54% in the crash test.
Globally, the Skoda Kodiaq comes with 2.0-litre TDI diesel and 3.0-litre TSI petrol engines with power figures ranging from 123bhp to 188bhp. The India-spec version is likely to receive a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder TSI petrol and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit. These engines also power the range of Volkswagen Group’s cars in India. The petrol mill is good 177bhp of power and 320Nm of torque. On the flip side, the diesel motor is tuned for generating 150bhp with 340Nm. All variants of the SUV will be linked to a 7-speed DSG auto box, supported with AWD (all-wheel drive system). Skoda offers more than 24 driver assistance systems and 8 cameras on the Kodiaq.
|Base Model||Rs 28 lakh (Estimated)|
|Top Model||Rs 35 lakh (Estimated)|
The Kodiaq will be the first seven-seater SUV from Skoda that will take on the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Similar to the Octavia and Rapid, the new SUV will be assembled at Volkswagen Group’s Aurangbad facility in Maharashtra. With comprehensive localisation, the Czech automaker will surely achieve competitive pricing for the SUV. We believe that the vehicle could be priced as low as Rs 28 lakh for the base model and around Rs 35 lakh for the top-end trim. If launched at this price, the Kodiaq will be slightly above its competitors in the segment. Read – Skoda Rapid Facelift – All You Need To Know
Skoda India has confirmed that its first ever 7-seater SUV will see a release in the last quarter of this year. While the official bookings are likely to be commenced in coming months, Skoda dealers have already started taking pre-orders for the car at a sum of Rs 51,000, which is refundable in case of cancellation. Deliveries for the SUV will begin post launch.
While launch is a few months away, unofficial bookings for the SUV have already started in the country. Skoda dealers are taking pre-orders with an initial sum between Rs 20,000 – Rs 51,000. The paid booking amount is refundable, in case customers want to cancel the order.
|1.4-litre TSI Petrol||123bhp & 148bhp|
|2.0-litre TSI Petrol||177.5bhp|
|2.0-litre TDI Diesel||150bhp|
|Transmission||6-speed manual and DSG|
|Drivetrain system||FWD (only on the base model) & AWD|
Based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB modular platform, the India-bound Skoda Kodiaq 7-seater SUV is likely to come with two new-generation engines – a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder TSI petrol and 2.0-litre turbo diesel. Both engines have already been used in several Volkswagen Group’s cars in the Indian market. The power and torque figures of the petrol unit stand at 177bhp and 320Nm respectively. Transmitting power to the wheels of the SUV will be a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
On the other side, the diesel motor is capable of generating a maximum power output of 150bhp with 320Nm. This turbocharged unit will be benefited with a Start Stop system and brake energy recovery system. Similar to the petrol unit, it will be paired to a 7-speed DSG gearbox. In addition, the SUV will get an all-wheel drive system (AWD) and an optional Dynamic Chassis Control that enables switching between engine modes, throttle response, suspension and transmission. There are 6 driving modes – Comfort, Eco, Normal, Sport, Individual and Snow. Read: New Skoda Superb – All You Need To Know
|Claimed||23.8kmpl / 56.5mpg|
Mileage figures of the upcoming Kodiaq SUV are still under the wrap. Therefore, it would be early to comment on its fuel efficiency. However, the Kodiaq will be as frugal as its arch rivals. It’s likely to deliver a mileage around 13kmpl – 14kmpl on urban roads and 18-19kmpl on highways.
The new Skoda SUV underpins Volkswagen Group’s MQB modular platform, and features seven-seat layout inside the cabin. In terms of length, the Kodiaq will fit between the Octavia and the Superb. It will measure 4,697mm in length, 1,882mm in width and 1,676mm in height. Though, it will be a leader when it comes to the cabin space. Sitting on a 2,791mm of wheelbase, the SUV will have tracks measuring 1,586mm and 1,576mm at the front and rear respectively. This will create a generous room for 7 adult passengers. In line with its SUV character, Kodiaq will get a high ground clearance of 200mm. On the other hand, the luggage compartment will be around 270-litres that could further be expanded to 2,005-litres by folding the rear seat.
-Full LED headlamps
-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
The Kodiaq has been designed on the same parameters as other models in the Skoda line-up. Though, it is claimed to have a prefect bland of rugged styling and sturdy-built. Donning large contours and the company’s latest crystalline design language, the SUV has a commanding stance. While, the sharp angular lines and creased metal on the body lend compact look to the SUV. Face of the SUV carries Skoda’s signature grille with vertically positioned moustache grille.
The SUV also feature the rectangular full LED headlamps with crystal-eye effect. In addition, the face also features a three-part- air-dam, fog lamps and a sporty bumper. The side profile is distinguished with pronounced wheel arches fitted with large tyres, sharp creases and high ground clearance. The rear overhangs, wrap-around tail-lamps, integrated spoiler and raked-in windscreen further enhance its visual appeal. Interestingly, the single unit of the Kodiaq takes 4-litres of paint to finish the paint job.
Much has been discussed about the wheelbase and the seven-seat layout of the SUV above. What we would like to draw your attention to is the generous room in the first two rows. On the contrary, the third row at the back can be cramped. With all flip and fold combos, the Kodiaq offers 270-liters of luggage space that can be stretched up to 2000-liters with seats up. Material quality is expected to be top-notch. Similarly, the quality of plastic used on the inside will be superior. The air-con vents will be positioned vertically and the well-laid out dashboard will further add to its visual appearance. Apart from sharing underpinnings with Tiguan, the SUV will also borrow some components from the latter. Goodies like AC controls, switchgear and steeling wheel will be in tandem with other VW cars.
In a bid to make the interior practical for occupants, Skoda will offer multiple storage points. The luggage compartment will be large with 720-liyres of capacity that with the rear seats folded could be expanded to 2065-litres. As for connectivity, the SUV will pack Skoda’s Connect Touchscreen system that will be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, it will also receive dual-zone automatic climate control, hands-free tailgate, power-operated driver & passenger seats and multi-functional steering wheel.
The SUV will also get adaptive cruise control (ACC) that maintains a safe distance from the vehicles ahead. This system controls the engine and brakes to accelerate or decelerate the car. The electronic stabile control (ESC) including multi-collision brake will come as standard safety fitment. Other safety features will include traffic jam assist, auto light assist, blind spot detect, driver alert (fatigue detection), airbags (up to 9) and impact protection, anti-lock braking system, braking assist, hill-hold control, tyre pressure monitoring and more.
The entry level premium SUV segment witnessed sharp rise in demand with models like Endeavour and Fortuner getting comprehensive updates. With the upcoming Kodiaq, Skoda will debut in the segment that currently offers Yeti. Upon its launch, Kodiaq will field against Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Hyundai Santa Fe and the likes. The segment with strong players in the segment, is currently witnessing high demand for customers. Hopefully, Skoda’s new model will be able to combat competition and carve a spot for itself.
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.