Skoda India is on roll this year with new products like 2017 Octavia, Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo edition and Octavia RS recently being launched. Now, the company is all prepared to add an SUV to its India product portfolio, the Kodiaq and will launch the vehicle on 4th October 2017, as reported by Autocar India. The company is renovating its product line up in the Indian market and steadily gaining momentum. Skoda dealerships have already started taking bookings of the SUV at an amount of Rs 1 lakh. The Kodiaq will be positioned on top of the product line-up and will be Skoda's first seven-seater in India. The Kodiaq will be based on the Skoda's MQB platform that also underpins the Superb and Octavia, as well as other Volkswagen and Audi Q7. At the earlier stages, the company plans to launch Kodiaq with a 2.0-liter diesel engine that also powers the Volkswagen Tiguan. The diesel unit will develop 147 hp of maximum power and churns out a peak torque of 300 Nm. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox and seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. It will also come with all-wheel drive system as standard. It is expected that company will launch the petrol version of SUV at a later stage.
The Kodiaq will get a host of features such as projector headlamps with LED DRLs and chrome finished front grille. Also, it will get a panoramic sunroof, body-coloured roof, and side body cladding. Inside the cabin, the SUV will get features like touch screen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Google Earth app, steering mounted controls and automatic air-conditioner.
The SUV gets a boot space of 270 litres and can be increased to up to 630 litres by folding down the third-row seats. It can further be extended to 2065 litres by folding all rear seats down. The Kodiaq will get ABS and dual-airbags as standard, while it is expected that the higher variants will get six airbags.
Skoda Auto is expected to launch the Kodiaq at a price range of Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). When launched, the Kodiaq will compete with the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.