While Skoda Auto India’s India 2.0 cars top the safety charts among India-made cars, the company introduced its third model that completes its 5-star-safe fleet -- the 2023 Skoda Kodiaq luxury 4x4. The Kodiaq nameplate was first introduced in India in 2017, and globally, the Kodiaq was Skoda Auto’s first full-size SUV with the capacity to seat 7.
Available in India as a parts and components vehicle under limited numbers so far, the 2023 Kodiaq will see now see allotments of 750 cars every quarter. For 2022, all allotments for the Kodiaq were filled within 24 hours.
The Skoda Kodiaq Style variant is priced at Ts 3,799,000, the Sportline is priced at Rs 3,939,000 and the L&K variant is priced at Rs 4,139,000 all ex showroom.
Petr Šolc, Brand Director, Skoda Auto India, said, “The Kodiaq was our first ever foray into the full-size SUV fold, and it has been a resounding success internationally and in India. Though premium, it is a high value luxury 4x4 that has seen much demand from Indian consumers because of the complete off-road luxury package it offers for the family. The increased allocation will ensure that the Kodiaq can now be enjoyed by more SUV customers who demand the best there is in terms of safety, luxury and value with off-road ability.”
New for 2023
The Skoda Kodiaq is powered by the same 2.0 TSI EVO engine. The powertrain has now been adapted to meet the new BS6-B emissions norms. The result is that the Kodiaq is now 4.2% more efficient than earlier. The 4x4 still makes 140kW (190 PS) and 320Nm allowing acceleration to 100 kph in just 7.8 seconds (claimed figure).There is one more addition to Skoda’s array of Simply Clever features – door-edge protectors. They automatically reveal themselves when the doors open, protecting the door edge from dings and scratches. The rear spoiler gets additional finlets to aid airflow and improve aerodynamics of this luxury 4x4. Inside, the rear passengers get a lounge step to rest their foot, and outer headrests in the 2nd row, furthering the luxury and comfort quotient in this 4x4 for the family.
The Kodiaq’s legacy with technology that enhances driver engagement and feel remains with the Progressive Steering. It flexes its forces depending on driving conditions and vehicle speed, making the Kodiaq easy to manoeuvre at slow speeds and offering the driver better control at higher speeds.
In addition, the first-in-segment Dynamic Chassis Control further adds to the Kodiaq’s quiver of dynamics. Apart from allowing the driver to select between Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Individual and Snow driving modes, DCC also enables the suspension to be raised or lowered by 15mm and hosts an off-road button for enhanced all-terrain abilities when needed.
Like the Kodiaq before, the Style and Laurin & Klement variants focus on rear seat luxury with stone beige leather dual tone upholstery for the L&K, and variant-specific alloys for the 45.72cm (R18) wheels. The SportLine continues with its driver-oriented focus with all black suedia interiors, a 3-spoke flat-bottom sport steering wheel, more side bolstering in the seats, integrated headrests, and expanded shoulder support sport seats for enthusiastic cornering. Also adding to the array of interior comfort features are the 12-way adjustable electric seats in the front with in-built cooling and heating in the L&K.
Carrying forward the all-new bold theme, the Skoda Kodiaqs are equipped with a 3- or 2-spoke steering wheel, ambient lighting along with a state-of-the-art Canton 625 W 12-speaker audio system with a subwoofer. Besides, customers can remotely open and shut windows, door mirrors and the panoramic sunroof.
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