Skoda has confirmed that its all-new large SUV would be officially named as Kodiaq. The term 'Kodiaq' refers to the Kodiak bear that lives on the homonymous island off the southern coast of Alaska. Skoda Kodiaq would have its world premiere in the second half of 2016, while it goes on sale from early 2017. The Mladá Boleslav-based automaker has also dropped a teaser image of the new SUV. Underpinning the Volkswagen Group's MQB architecture, it is expected to be launched in India by the end of 2017.
Skoda Kodiaq is 4.70 metres long and can comfortably seat seven individuals. The Kodiaq SUV would be the company's new flagship product in the SUV segment. It is expected to share several elements with the Volkswagen Tiguan, which would also launch in India by next year. The 7-seater SUV is believed to have a bigger boot than the VW Tiguan. The Czech automaker would be launching the Kodiaq under the motto - ‘Discover new ground’. The large 7-seater SUV would be challenging the likes of Volkswagen Tiguan and Hyundai Santa Fe in the Indian market, while attracting an introductory price of Rs. 28 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom).
Mechanically, the Kodiaq would be offered in both the petrol and diesel fuel trim with the 4-cylinder TSI and TDI engines, respectively. It is also being learnt that the company might offer the 1.0L 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 113 bhp and the 1.4L 4-cylinder petrol engine with 148 bhp. The engines would be linked to 6-speed manual gearbox and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The power would be transmitted to the front wheels, while a couple of 4X4 variants could also be in offing. As of now, Skoda is readying the Rapid facelift for launch in August 2016 (tentative) in India.