Skoda Kodiaq Preview
Skoda has thoroughly reworked its global SUV strategy in order to capitalize on the growing demand for UVs and SUVs. Scheduled to be showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October the new Kodiaq is the SUV equivalent of the Superb for Skoda. As you can understand the Kodiaq will be fairly larger (almost 4.8 meters in length to be precise) than the current generation Yeti. Skoda will be availing the new Kodiaq in five-seater and seven-seater configurations to increase flexibility. The Kodiaq will have a spacious cabin with a boot capacity of 720 – 2,065 litres with rear seats folded down, giving the five-seater SUV the largest boot space capacity in its class.
Unlike the Yeti which is rather good looking but a little compact, the new Skoda Kodiaq is being developed with typical SUV characteristics in mind which consists of a more boxy design theme to give it an intimidating appearance courtesy also more butch design cues in the form of those straight design lines, upright front design and squarish wheel arches. Something that will work very well for potential buyers in India.
The upcoming Skoda Kodiaq is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and will come loaded with a host of technology and features to stay abreast amongst its competition. Speaking of its competition, the new Skoda Kodiaq will compete against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Trailblazer, etc in India. Expect the Skoda Kodiaq to be priced in the range of Rs. 25 – 32 lakh (ex-showroom) when it is launched here.
Powertrain options for the Skoda Kodiaq for India are likely to include 2.0 litre, four cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine doing duty in the Yeti, Superb and Octavia. The second engine option could be the 1.8 litre, four cylinder, turbo petrol TSI engine also serving in the Superb and Octavia. Both engines will be offered with a choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic gearbox.