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Skoda Kodiaq to launch in India on October 4

India bound Skoda Kodiaq front

 

Skoda India will be launching its first-ever 7-seater SUV – the Kodiaq, in the country on October 4, 2017. This new entrant is expected to be the costliest car from Skoda available in India. It will thus displace the Superb sedan as the Czech automaker’s flagship product in India.

Interestingly, the Kodiaq won’t be Skoda’s first SUV offering in India. The company had earlier introduced the Yeti in the country, but it didn’t receive any overwhelming demand. The Yeti was thus discontinued in 2013 due to low sales. However, the Kodiaq is expected to be a lot more popular than the Yeti, as it gets a contemporary SUV-ish styling, as opposed to the Yeti that looked like a large, raised hatchback.

Based on the VW Group’s MQB platform, the Skoda Kodiaq is the first ever 7-seater product from the Czech carmaker. Dimensionally, the Kodiaq measures 4,697 mm in length, 1,882 mm in width and 1,676 mm in height. The SUV’s wheelbase spans over 2,791 mm, thus giving enough space for accommodating three row of seats.

In India, it will likely be available with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TDI diesel engine that will churn out 143 bhp and 340 Nm of peak torque. This engine is expected to be mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox, while a 6-speed manual unit might also be on offer on the entry-level variants.

Being Skoda’s flagship offering, the Kodiaq will be heavily loaded with features like LED headlamps and tail lights, dual zone automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, rear parking camera and cruise control.

Being a full-size SUV, the Skoda Kodiaq will be competing against well-established rivals like the Toyota Fortuner and Ford EcoSport.

Also read: 2016 Skoda Rapid

 

Skoda Kodiaq 7 Seater SUV Price in India

Skoda’s biggest car, though smaller than few others in the VW Group is based on the VW Group’s MQB platform. The 7-seater Skoda SUV has been codenamed as A-Plus and was presented in pre-production version in an event at Prague. The mid-sized SUV is special in every way; its design is inspired from the Czech Bohemian and Cubic crystal art that reflects protection and strength. The offering price of the Skoda Kodiaq is expected to be somewhere around Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom).

Also read: 2016 Skoda Superb launched in India from Rs. 22.68 lakhs

 

Skoda Kodiaq 7 Seater SUV Launch Date in India

The Kodiaq will be launched in India on October 4th, 2017.

 

Skoda Kodiaq Images

 

Skoda Kodiaq Dimensions

Skoda`s new SUV measures 4700 mm in length, 1910 mm in width and 1680 mm in height. It offers a wheelbase of 2790 mm and ground clearance of 168 mm. Positioned above the Skoda Yeti crossover, the Kodiaq is smaller than the Touareg and larger than Tiguan in the VW family.

 

Skoda Kodiaq Engine Options

The new SUV will probably be offered in a hybrid powertrain mated to a 1.4-L petrol unit. The engine can deliver power of 154 bhp with ease against a maximum torque of 250 Nm. The engine combines with two electric motors that are placed on the rear-axle and gearbox. These two motors alone can churn out power of almost 54 bhp and 114 bhp, while the combined power output figure stands at 222 bhp. The transmission option available is 6-speed DSG gearbox supported by all-wheel drive system. The fuel efficiency figure is expected to be around 148 mpg.

The electric power mill alone can drive the Kodiaq upto 50 kms, along with the petrol unit it can travel up to a distance of 1000 km. The SUV can sprint from 0- 100 kmph in just 7.4 seconds. Interesting part is the option to choose in between the hybrid and electric driving modes. While recharging the battery, the petrol driving mode can be activated to fulfil both the demands easily. The Indian-spec however is expected to borrow engines from other cars in the VW Group. The Skoda Superb, Kodiaq will feature a 2.0 litre TSI engine while the base engine can feature a turbocharged 1.6-litre oil burner.

 

Skoda Kodiaq Interiors

India bound Skoda Kodiaq interior

 

The interiors will leave you awe-struck with its ultra-minimalistic dashboard having digital instrument cluster and hi-tech features. Moving a step ahead than other players in the market, the SUV utilizes armrests for smartphone integration and offers plenty of space for storage. The seats are wrapped in premium leather upholstery, which along with metallic trims further enhance the overall appeal. The rear seat entertainment, digital center stack, touchscreen controls, infotainment system will leave you mesmerized further.

 

Skoda Kodiaq Exteriors

The handsome looking SUV boasts of Skoda’s signature grille, sleek LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, angular LED tail lamps, flush-mounted door handles, tailgate spoiler, triangular reflector, parallelogram-shaped fog lights, twin exhaust system and black-colored plastic bumper. Typical to the SUV characteristics- high driving position and good levels of visibility will please you further. The muscular SUV on the front has thirteen vertical slats over the redesigned grille which is closely protected by LED headlights and is underlined by fog lights. The side profile features bold character lines that merge with the shoulder blade. The roof slants towards the rear end where a dual exhaust system, tailgate mounted rear spoiler, glossy black accents and new alloy wheels will grab you eyeballs.

 

Skoda Kodiaq Competitors

The kodiaq is unique and will have just the Nissan X-Trail as its rival for now; the X-Tail with the hybrid powertrain will also drive into the domestic market next year.