- ‘Scout’ variants of Skodas have an offroad focus
- The Kodiaq Scout will be similar – it will be more prepared for offroad conditions
- It gets visual changes like badging, black plastic cladding and different alloy wheels
- Mechanically, changes are the addition of an off-road mode, and hill descent control
- Priced at Rs 35 lakh, Rs 1.8 lakh less than the L&K variant
Skoda has launched the Kodiaq Scout, a more off-road focused version of the Kodiaq SUV, at Rs 35 lakh. The Kodiaq Scout sits at the top of the range and adds extra off-road ability to almost all the features of the L&K spec.
The styling of the Kodiaq Scout reflects its intent, with matte black plastic cladding all around and silver faux skid plates front and rear. A new design for the alloy wheels also distinguishes it from the others. There is a touch of chrome to the exterior as well, most notably to the grille, roof rails, windows, etc. It also has Scout badging on the flank. It is available in four colours, blue, grey, white, and black.
On the inside, it has black interiors, with wood accents and many features from the L&K spec Kodiaq, like the large central infotainment system and the LCD instrument cluster. It has Scout badging on the dashboard and seats as well.
Among the mechanical changes, the Kodiaq Scout gets better approach and departure angles. Additionally, it gets an ‘off road’ mode to the driveline that helps it get further off the beaten path than the regular Kodiaq. One of the features it possesses is hill descent control, which allows the driver to get down a steep slope thanks to the electronics. The display shows direction and the angle the car is making to the horizontal on the touchscreen. Powering it is the same 2.0 litre, four cylinder diesel engine that generates 148bhp and 340Nm. It feeds power to all four wheels via a seven-speed DSG gearbox. Among its other features are nine airbags, ABS, ESC, keyless entry and go, etc.
The Kodiaq competes with the likes of other monocoque SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Volkswagen Tiguan, Audi Q3 and BMW X1, but its offroad intentions also put in squarely in the sights of ladder-frame off-road biased SUVs like the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.