Skoda fanatics must be aware that the India-bound Kodiaq has already been listed on the company’s Indian website. Now though, there is a reason to smile harder as several Skoda dealers across the country have started accepting bookings for the Kodiaq at a refundable amount of as low as Rs 21,000. Dealers have also confirmed that the SUV is likely to launch in the last quarter of 2017.
Skoda first showcased the Kodiaq as the Vision S Concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and later that year, it revealed the production-ready prototype of the same. The SUV is based on Volkswagen’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, which also underpins the Skoda Superb and the upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan. Like the Superb, the Kodiaq will come jam-packed with goodies all over. The list includes a 10-speaker, 575-watt Canton sound system, optional 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, built-in GPS navigation support, wireless smartphone charging and 4G-LTE module for internet access on the go.
Customers in India will have an option of choosing between two engine options: 2.0-litre TSI petrol or a 2.0-litre TDI diesel, both supporting a turbocharger. Transmission duties will be handled by a seven-speed DSG and a six-speed DSG for the petrol and diesel variants respectively. What’s more, Skoda will also equip the Kodiaq with 4x4 drivetrain.
With the Kodiaq, the Czech automaker will land itself in a fierce rivalry from the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and its upcoming sibling, the Volkswagen Tiguan. We expect Skoda to price the Kodiaq competitively, with a starting price tag of around Rs 25 lakh. Intrigued? We are!