The Skoda Kodiaq, Skoda’s flagship SUV, has been unveiled, closely following the release of the new Volkswagen Tiguan, which shares the same MQB-Evo platform. Despite the shared platform, the Kodiaq boasts a distinctive new design in line with Skoda’s updated design philosophy, known as ‘Modern Solid.’
The refreshed design includes squared-off wheel arches, a prominent hexagonal grille, a sculpted bonnet, and a new corporate font for the model badging. The Skoda logo has been updated and includes an optional LED light strip across the front, akin to its electric sibling, the Enyaq.
Additionally, the Kodiaq has increased in size, offering more space for passengers and an enlarged boot capacity. The optional third-row passengers now have 920mm of headroom, and even with all seats in place, luggage capacity has grown by 70 litres to 340 litres. The five-seat version also gets a boost, offering 910 litres with the rear seats in use.
Inside, the Kodiaq features a redesigned control suite with a 10-inch digital information display, an optional head-up display, and a choice of 10 or 13-inch touchscreens for controlling various vehicle functions. New physical ‘smart dials’ ahead of the center console provide easy access to climate controls and infotainment settings.
The Kodiaq comes with a range of powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, offering a combined output of 204hp and an impressive EV-only range of over 100km. Pure-combustion engine options are available, ranging from 150hp to 204hp, with various transmission and drivetrain configurations.
Skoda is aiming to bring the new Kodiaq to India in 2024, although specific powertrain details for the Indian market have not been confirmed. The current generation of the Kodiaq in India is available with a petrol engine and competes with vehicles like the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, and Jeep Meridian, with prices ranging from Rs 38.5 lakh to Rs 41.95 lakh.
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