Skoda Auto has unveiled the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq in Berlin, Germany. The Czech automaker will launch the upcoming SUV internationally later in 2016, and in India, the car is expected to be launched in 2017. The Skoda Kodiaq will be positioned above the Skoda Yeti and is based on the VisionS concept. The Kodiaq will be offered in both five and seven-seat layout and will have petrol and diesel engines.
The 1.8 L, TSI petrol and a 2.0 L, TDI diesel motor will be mated to a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. Power will be sent to the latest transverse-engined AWD (all-wheel drive system) system by Volkswagen Group. It is also expected that the Czech-based carmaker will launch a hybrid version of the SUV. As of now, there is no confirmation on this and the likelihood of the hybrid version being launched in India are slim.
The upcoming Kodiaq is based on Volkswagen's MQB platform, which also underpins the Superb and the Octavia. The aggressive stance coupled with chrome surrounded front grill adds to the SUV look. Skoda has also equipped the Kodiaq with sweptback headlamps that seamlessly merge with the body of the vehicle. Other highlights of the Skoda Kodiaq include silver roof rails, LED tail lights, rear wiper and fog lamps.
Inside the cabin, the upcoming SUV features the new Volkswagen Connect infotainment system. The dashboard looks upmarket with silver accents, while the seats are wrapped in faux leather with grey stitching. The car has a large physical footprint at 4.7 m of length and 1.88 m of width.
In India, the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq SUV is likely to be assembled at Volkswagen's plant in Chakan, near Pune. Expected to be priced between Rs 30 to Rs 35 lakh, ex-showroom, the Kodiaq will compete with the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Santa Fe and the upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan.