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Skoda Kodiaq unveiled in India, launch later this year

Skoda Kodiaq is based on the company's MQB platform and is the first seven-seater SUV by the Czech brand in India

By: | Updated: August 10, 2017 4:45 PM

Skoda's latest addition to the Indian car market, the Kodiaq has officially been unveiled here. First showcased in Berlin last year, the Kodiaq has been listed on the Czech manufacturer's website in India and bookings have been opened at Rs 1 lakh, as per confirmation provided by a dealer in Delhi. Skoda product stable has been under renovation in India and the brand is also steadily gaining in the market. The Kodiaq is based on the company's MQB platform that also underpins the Superb and Octavia as well as other Volkswagen and Audi models. The Kodiaq will be launched in Q4 this year, and the exact specifications and features will only be known at the time of launch.

Internationally, the Kodiaq comes with five engine options – two diesel and three petrol. Transmission options include 6-speed manual, 6-speed DSG and 7-speed DSG. In India, the new Kodiaq will come in three engine options - a 2-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit that churns out 177 bhp and peak torque of 320 Nm, the 2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that produces 147 bhp of max power and 340 Nm of torque or 187 bhp and 400 Nm of peak power. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed DSG unit.

The Kodiaq will boast of projector headlamps with LED lights as well as split LED tail lamps. The car will feature a panoramic sunroof, body-coloured roof rails, blacken-out front and rear bumper section. The side profile of the SUV gets sharp lines and side body cladding for a sportier appeal. This will be Skoda's first seven-seater in India, and will be standard for the Indian market.

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The cabin is also likely to get a host of equipment such as Skoda Connect touchscreen infotainment system that should support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with navigation and Bluetooth. The Kodiaq will feature park assist function along with 24 drivers assist systems, rear traffic alert and Skoda connect app. The boot space is 270 litres and can be extended to 2005 litres, depending on the position of the third and second row.

Other comfort and convenience features include an electric tailgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, engine start/stop function, electric driver seat and steering mounted controls for audio and cruise control. The higher variants of the Skoda Kodiaq get six airbags along with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EDB (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution).

The new Skoda Kodiaq SUV will be manufactured at their company's plant in Aurangabad. The upcoming SUV is expected to be priced at Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom) and above, and would compete with the likes of Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

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