Skoda India has listed the upcoming Kodiaq SUV on its official website along with that dealers across the country have started accepting the booking at a token amount of Rs 51,000. The new Skoda Kodiaq SUV will be manufactured at the company's facility in Aurangabad, Maharashtra and is expected to be priced around Rs 30 lakh (ex showroom).
Skoda Kodiaq SUV is expected to make its launch by mid-2017 and will compete with the likes of the Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Toyota Fortuner. The new SUV will will offered in both 5 and 7-seating configuration. It is based on the familiar Volkswagen Group's MQB architecture that also underpins the upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan.
For the exterior, the car will come with projector headlamps with LED lights and split LED tail lamps panoramic sunroof, body-coloured roof rails, blackened front and rear bumper section and side body cladding. The company has made extensive use of chrome, especially to the front grille and window panels. Speaking of the equipments, the car will come with a host of comfort and convenience features that will include dual-zone automatic climate control, engine start/stop button electric tailgate and cruise control, electrically adjustable driver seat, six airbags, ABS (Antilock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution). Though, Skoda has not uploaded model’s interior images on the website, but we expect it to come with Skoda Connect touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with satellite navigation.
Under the hood, the Kodiaq SUV will be available in both petrol and diesel fuel option. The petrol version will come packed with a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged unit that will develop 177 bhp of maximum power with 320 Nm of peak torque, while the diesel variants will be a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged mill and will come in two states of power - a 147 bhp of power and 340 Nm and 187 bhp and 400 Nm of top torque. All the powertrain will come paired with a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission, sending the power to all four wheels. Skoda is also working on the 2017 Octavia that was recently spied.