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.
Premiered in Berlin in September 2016, the Skoda Kodiaq seven-seater SUV will arrive in the Indian market during this year’s festive season. While the launch is months away, the Czech carmaker has begun testing the vehicle on Indian roads. The Kodiaq isn’t only the flagship SUV, but first-ever fully-fledged SUV from Skoda’s stable. 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.
Designed by Jozef Kaban Head of Design, Skoda Auto, his team, the Skoda Kodiaq features a three-dimensional and edgy design. Interior, too, 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. Talking about the engine, there will be a range of petrol and diesel powertrains including 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: Upcoming 7 Seater Cars in India
|Base Model||Rs 28 lakh (Estimated)|
|Top Model||Rs 35 lakh (Estimated)|
With Kodiaq 7-seater SUV, Skoda aims to tap the thriving premium SUV segment in India. However, the company currently offers Yeti in this segment that failed to chip in volumes. Therefore, the pricing will be a crucial factor in deciding the fate of the Kodiaq in India. 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
Currently, the SUV segment is on fire 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. The recent sighting of the mid-size SUV infers that Skoda is planning the launch in the coming months. 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|
In India, the new Skoda SUV will come with multiple petrol and diesel engines. The petrol unit will be a 2.0-litre TSI motor churning out 177bhp of power and 320Nm of torque. The SUV might have two diesel engine options – 147bhp and 187bhp 2.0-litre units. However, the India-bound model will only come with the 187bhp, 400Nm 2.0-litre powertrain. All the engines will be matched to a 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. Also Read: New Skoda Superb – All You Need To Know
|Claimed||23.8kmpl / 56.5mpg|
Since the technical details of the new Skoda SUV are yet to be confirmed, it would be quite early to comment on its fuel efficiency. Though, the diesel version of the car is estimated to deliver a mileage between 13kmpl to 14kmpl on urban roads and 18 to 19kmpl on highways.
While sitting on a wheelbase of 2,790mm, the seven-seater Kodiaq is 4,700mm long, 1,910mm wide and 1,680mm tall. The long wheelbase will ensure a spacious cabin for front and rear occupants. The India-based model will stand tall on a ground clearance of 200mm.
-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
Positioned above Superb sedan in Skoda’s line-up, the Kodiaq will be designed on 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. Sporting boastful proportions and key elements, the SUV offers a commanding presence. The sharp angular body lines confer compact look.
The SUV shares its platform and design elements with Superb sedan. The face of the car has aggressive appeal, thanks to its two-tier headlamps with LED units, chunky butterfly grille and sporty bumper. The strong side creases and pronounced wheel arches with fat tyres further enhance its muscular appearance. At the rear, the SUV sports 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.
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.