On August 10, 2017, Škoda India is going to unveil its premium SUV Kodiaq which was first unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The SUV gets Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix platform, also known as MQB platform, which is also used as a base in the Superb and the Octavia in India. Dealers in the country have already begun accepting bookings for the upcoming vehicle at an initial token amount of ₹20,000.
According to the sources, Škoda Kodiaq will be available in three engines iterations – one petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol version gets a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that generates 177bhp of power and 320Nm of torque. The diesel version gets a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine in two tunes – 147bhp with 340Nm of torque and 187bhp with 400Nm of torque. Depending on the engine, there is a 6-Speed Manual gearbox or DSG transmissions with 6 or 7-Speeds. The new 7-Speed DCT is making its debut in the Kodiaq. The most powerful diesel engine accelerates the large SUV from 0-100 km/h in 8.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of up to 210 km/h.
Dimensionally, the Kodiaq will measures 2,791 mm in length, 1,882mm in width, 1,676 mm in length and will have a wheelbase of 2,791mm. It is expected that the SUV will be offered with 5 or 7 seat configuration. At the front, the SUV will get projector headlamps with LED DRL’s, chrome finished front grille. In addition, it gets features such as panoramic sunroof, body-coloured roof, and side body cladding.
Inside, along with premium upholstery and other features, the vehicle also gets 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, engine start/stop function and electric driver seat. As for safety, the Kodiaq will get six airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).
The new Škoda Kodiaq will pit against the likes of Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner in India. We expect the Kodiaq to come in the price range of ₹25-30 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
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