The Petrol-only Skoda Kodiaq Facelift is available in three variants
Skoda Auto has launched the Kodiaq facelift in India, with the base-spec Style priced at Rs. 34.99 Lakh, ex-showroom. The facelift is available in three variants, Style, Sportline, and Laurin & Klement, with the top-spec L&K priced at Rs 37.49 lakh. Bookings for the new SUV have begun, and Skoda hopes to start deliveries in the coming days.
In 2020, Skoda had discontinued the diesel engine on the Kodiaq (and the entire portfolio), as part of VW Group’s petrol-only vision for the future.
Skoda Kodiaq Design
Most of the changes Skoda made to the model for the international market have been brought to India. The new grille is upright, and the bumper tweaked. Headlights have been revamped, and the car gets a new set of LED Daytime Running Lamp alongside a higher bonnet. It also features new alloy wheels. The taillamps and rear bumper have also been updated slightly.
Skoda Kodiaq facelift Interior
The new Kodiaq’s cabin sees minimal design deviations from the previous model. The dashboard has a similar design as the old car. It, however, gets Skoda’s new 2-spoke steering wheel design, something that we had previously seen on the new Octavia, Super and Kushaq.
The three-row SUV also has all modern-day features like ventilated front seats, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charging pad, 12 speaker Canton audio system (the previous car had a 10-speaker unit), 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting, 3 zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The new Kodiaq also has Dynamic chassis control offering selectable damping and suspension modes, hands-free parking, and a well-knit safety package including 9 airbags.
Kodiaq is powered just by a 2.0-liter petrol engine that can generate 190 hp and 320 Nm. This if you might remember, is the same unit from the Octavia and Superb. The transmission on offer is a 7 speed DSG automatic unit and the new SUV gets AWD as well.
Ditching the familiar 150 hp diesel engine could be in keeping with the brand vision, but would it go in line with the customer preferences? We would look up to the sales numbers of the new Kodiaq to comment on this!
Price And Rivals
|Kodiaq Style||34.99 lakh|
|Kodiaq Sportline||35.99 lakh|
|Kodiaq L&K||37.49 lakh|
The facelifted Kodiaq enters a segment with growing traction. It might not have a direct competition in the 3-row space until the Jeep Meridian arrives later this year. But going by the price caps, one might take the VW Tiguan and Citroen C5 Aircross as possible competition for the Kodiaq.