Skoda Auto India Pvt. Ltd. is planning to launch the new
Kodiaq SUV in the fourth quarter of 2017. This will be the Czech car maker’s
first 7-seater SUV in the country. The company has also announced the launch of
its Rapid Monte Carlo and the Octavia RS models before the end of August 2017,
deliveries of the same will begin in September.
Details of the India bound
version of the Skoda Kodiaq have not been revealed by the company yet. But here
is a brief account of what the new Kodiaq may offer Indian consumers.
The 7-seater SUV will go up against the likes of Toyota’s
Fortuner, Ford’s Endeavour, Isuzu’s mu-X and the VW Tigaun. In terms of
features you can expect the Skoda Kodiaq to come loaded to the hilt. The Kodiaq
may come to India with Adaptive full LED Headlamps, 24 driver assistance
features, 4 camera wide angle lenses, city emergency braking, Traffic Jam
assist, Dynamic Chassis Control with three different drive modes, hill start
assist, hill hold assist among other safety and comfort features.
In terms of design the Skoda Kodiaq will get butch and brawny proportions which
have been chiseled to look sophisticated and neat. The Kodiaq gets a bold 3D
grille, framed and angular wheel arches and a dapper rear end with LED tail
lamps. The Kodiaq gets a ground clearance of 194mm, approach and departure
angles of 23.1 degrees each and a ramp angle of 19.7 degrees. The Kodiaq is
4697mm long and gets a wheelbase of 2791mm. It offers occupants 1527mm of elbow
room, headroom of 1020mm and leg room of 110mm with the third row of seating.
Skoda may bring in the Kodiaq with 2 TDI diesel engine
options and one TSI petrol option. Globally the company is offering the Kodiaq
with 3 TSI petrol options alongside the 2 TDI diesel options. The engine range
will offer power from 125hp all the way up to 190hp through engines ranging
from 1.4L to 2.0L. The Kodiaq also offers a large storage volume of up to 2005
litres with two rows folded down, 630L with one row folded down and 270L with
all rows up. The Kodiaq has been built on the MQB platform and will get
launched in India by the end of 2017.