A new model of Skoda’s well-known 7-seater SUV, the Kodiaq, has been released in India. The new version has been updated to improve performance and comfort and to comply with the new BS6 Phase 2 emission requirements. The 2-litre turbo-petrol engine from the outgoing model is still used in the Kodiaq, but Skoda has modified it to suit new emissions regulations and increased its efficiency by 4.2%. The SUV maintains its 190hp and 320Nm of torque and has a 0-100kph time of 7.8 seconds. Due to high demand, Skoda boosted the Kodiaq’s allotment for India by more than 50%, increasing it to 3,000 vehicles this year.
In addition to the revised engine, the Kodiaq includes new headrests, a lounge step for the middle row and a new rear spoiler design for enhanced aerodynamics. Similar to the previous generation, the SUV still boasts a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a 4×4 system with Dynamic Chassis Control. Additionally, Skoda has kept the nine airbags, brake assist, stability control, multi-collision braking, and park assist with hands-free parking from the previous Kodiaq.
Three variants of the Kodiaq are offered: the Style, Sportline, and Laurin & Klement. The starting price for the base Style trim has increased by Rs 50,000 from the previous model to Rs 37.99 lakh. At Rs 39.39 lakh, the Sportline model is now Rs 90,000 more expensive than it was in the previous iteration. The top-spec L&K variant now costs Rs. 1.4 lakh more than the previous model, at Rs. 41.39 lakh. The 12-speaker CANTON audio system and the panoramic sunroof are included with the L&K version.
According to Skoda, there is a high demand for the Kodiaq because the most recent batch of 1,200 vehicles was completely sold out within 24 hours of accepting reservations. The SUV will continue to be put together using the CKD method at its Aurangabad facility.
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