Skoda Kodiaq is the Czech Republic carmaker’s first-ever 7 seater SUV that will rival 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.
Set for its debut in the Indian market, Skoda Kodiaq was in news recently for its astonishing 5-star rating by the safety regulatory body, Euro NCAP. The tested model was a left-hand-drive version that packed 7 airbags, ISOFIX rear child seat mounts, seat belt reminder, load limiters and seatbelt pretensioners. Additionally, the Ambition variant comes with 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.
Slated for a festive season launch, booking for the new Kodiaq have started across dealerships in India for a sum of Rs 51,000. Upon its launch, the SUV will take on the likes of Ford Endeavour, Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Fortuner in the mid-sized premium SUV space. It is to be noted that the amount paid at the time of booking is refundable, in case customers want to cancel it. Read More – Skoda Karoq Unveiled; India Launch In 2018
While more concrete details will be revealed at the launch, the SUV has been listed on the official website, indicating the fast approaching launch. The Indian model of Skoda’s global SUV will get diesel and petrol engines. Power on the Kodiaq petrol will come from the 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, TSI engine good for maximum power of 177bhp and peak torque of 320Nm. The diesel version on the other hand will use a 2.0-litre TDI unit with two tunes of power-147bhp/340Nm and 187bhp/350Nm. These engines will be paired to a 7-speed automatic gearbox. Also Read: Upcoming 7 Seater Cars in India
|Base Model||Rs 28 lakh (Estimated)|
|Top Model||Rs 35 lakh (Estimated)|
Kodiaq will be the first seven-seat model from Skoda that will collide head-on with rivals, Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. In a bid to price it competitively, the SUV will be assembled locally at Skoda India’s production facility located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The comprehensive localisation is expected to limit the prices between Rs 28 lakh to Rs 35 lakh (ex-showroom). At this pricing, the SUV will be slightly above its competitors in the segment. Read – Skoda Rapid Facelift – All You Need To Know
The bookings for the seven-seat SUV have already begun across authorized Skoda dealerships for a sum of Rs 51,000. However, the deliveries are likely to start from mid-2017 and we expect Kodiaq premium SUV to launch during 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 Kodiaq is likely to be offered in petrol and diesel fuel options. The petrol powered Kodiaq will get a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder TSI unit tuned to produce maximum power of 177bhp with 320Nm of torque. Diesel Kodiaq will benefit from a 2.0-litre turbo diesel powertrain that will offer power in two states of tune-147bhp and 187bhp. The 147bhp engine will put out 320Nm and the 187bhp unit is expected to offer 400Nm of torque. Both the engines will come with a standard 7-speed DSG auto box. In addition, there will be an all-wheel drive system and an optional Dynamic Chassis Control that enables switching between engine modes, throttle response, suspension and transmission. Also Read: New Skoda Superb – All You Need To Know
|Claimed||23.8kmpl / 56.5mpg|
While the engine details for the upcoming Kodiaq SUV have been revealed, there is yet no word on the fuel economy. The estimates however indicate that Kodiaq could return between 13 to 14kmpl within city and 18-19kmpl on highways.
The SUV will sit on VW’s MQB platform and will get seven-seat layout on the inside. In terms of dimensions, the SUV will measure 4,700mm in length, 1,910mm in width and 1,680mm in height. The wheelbase, with 2,790mm length will translate into a spacious cabin. In line with its SUV character, Kodiaq will get a high ground clearance of 200mm. Luggage compartment on the other hand will offer around 720-litres of space which could further br expanded to 2,065-litres by folding the rear seat.
-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
In Skoda India’s line-up, the SUV will be slotted above Superb both in terms of pricing and positioning. In terms of styling and design, Kodiaq is crafted on the same parameters as other models in the Skoda line-up. The exterior will be sportier with new elements giving it contemporary look. While on the inside, it will be spacious, thanks to the long wheelbase and the seven-seat layout. On the feature front, the SUV will come with a host of tech.
Donning large contours, the SUV has a commanding stance, while the sharp angular lines on the body lend compact look to the SUV. Built on the MQB platform, Kodiaq will share underpinnings with Tiguan that comes with five-seat layout. The front profile of the SUV will carry Skoda’s signature grille with vertically positioned moustache grille. It also comes with the rectangular two-tier headlamps with LED units. In addition, the face also features a three-part- air-dam, fog lamps and a sporty bumper. Styling bits such as square wheel arches, sharp creases on side, long hood and flat tyres further enhance its visual appeal. At the back, it gets wrap-around tail-lamps, integrated spoiler and raked-in windscreen.
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 is likely to be cramped. 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 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.