Skoda Kodiaq is available in four variants: Athletic, Sportline, L&K and RS. The newly-introduced RS, which also gets a new top-of-the-range engine, may not be considered for our market.
The Active, Ambition and Style trims will come with aluminum-effect detail on the front and rear apron. The restyled front with an elevated bonnet and the redesigned, more upright Skoda grille reinforce the Kodiaq’s bold appearance.
The carline features LED headlights as standard and, for the first time, can be equipped with full LED Matrix headlights, new alloy wheels measuring up to 20 inches. Special Aero wheels, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and the new gloss black rear spoiler and finlets on the sides of the rear window all reduce drag. The Kodiaq RS, on the other hand, features a distinct, dynamically designed model-specific front bumper.
For the first time, the range of options inside the cabin includes ergonomic, perforated-leather seats with multiway electric seat adjustment, ventilation and massage function. The optional Eco seats available for the Ambition and Style trim levels come with high-quality seat covers made of vegan, recycled materials. The Canton sound system is another optional extra now offering ten speakers instead of the previous eight, in addition to the central speaker in the dashboard and the subwoofer in the boot. Skoda has also provided it with new decorative strips, additional contrasting stitching and enhanced LED ambient lighting functions.
The Virtual Cockpit with a 10.25-inch display and four different layouts is available as an option for most models but comes as standard for the Kodiaq RS. Drivers of both the RS and the Kodiaq Sportline have an additional layout to choose from, the Sport layout. The range of assistance systems now also features an enhanced version of Crew Protect Assist. This new variant has additional radar sensors at the rear to respond to vehicles that pose a risk for a rear-end collision.
For the Kodiaq RS, the 2.0 TSI petrol engine comes from Volkswagen Group’s EVO generation and has a power output of 180 kW (245 PS), making it 4 kW (5 PS) more powerful than the predecessor’s biturbo diesel. At the same time, this engine is more than 60 kg lighter than the TDI. Together with the new 7-speed DSG, which is 5.2 kg lighter, this power unit’s performance is even better.
The two other petrol engines, the 1.5 TSI producing 110 kW (150 PS) and the 2.0 TSI with an output of 140 kW (190 PS), as well as the 2.0 TDIs delivering 110 kW (150 PS) and 147 kW (200 PS), also come from Volkswagen Group’s latest EVO generation.
While the 2.0 TSI is likely to be the mainstay for Indian market, the company may be tempted to offer the 1.5 TSI as a cost-effective offering. Launched in 2016, Skoda’s best seller SUV has clocked 600,000 sales worldwide. To meet the huge international demand for the KODIAQ, ŠKODA also set up production lines for its large SUV in China, India and Russia.