Skoda has launched the much-awaited Kodiaq SUV in India, priced at Rs 34,49,501 ex-showroom, Pan India. At present, the 7-seater SUV is available only in one variant.
Unveiled in Berlin over a year ago, the Kodiaq gets its name from an Alaskan Bear of the same name. The SUV is built on the MQB platform which is also shared with several VW Group models.
Exterior equipment includes full LED headlamps with crystal elements seen in the latest Skoda models, AFS (Adaptive Frontlight System), LED taillamps, rear fog lamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Interiors get 12-way electrically adjustable front seats, 3-zone climate control, 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, 10-speaker Canton audio system, panoramic sunroof, and 2,005 litres of total luggage space.
As for the safety features, there are a total of 9 airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC, ASR, Traction Control, reversing camera, Parktronic sensors and many more.
Or, should we just say powertrain. The Kodiaq is offered only with a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine at the moment. The 1,968 cc 4-cylinder unit makes 150 PS or about 148 bhp between 3,500-4,000 rpm and 340 Nm of torque between 1,750-3,000 rpm, paired with a 7-speed DSG sending power to all four wheels. There are disc brakes at all four corners.
The Kodiaq measures 4,697 mm long, 1,882 mm wide and 1,676 mm tall (including roof rails); its wheelbase measures 2,791 mm and ground clearance is at 188 mm.
Skoda is offering a standard 4-year/1,00,000 km warranty. The SUV is built at the Aurangabad facility and deliveries will begin from the first week of November.
Understandably, the Kodiaq has been priced much higher than the established names such as the Fortuner and Endeavour.