Local testing continues ahead of the Skoda Kodiaq India launch in September
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The Skoda Kodiaq is the company’s second take in the SUV class after the Skoda Yeti. Based on the MQB platform, the Kodiaq is the first large SUV from the Czech brand. It is also the first model to incorporate the new SUV design language introduced by the Skoda VisionS concept. It will compete with the Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner and the likes in India.
The Skoda Kodiaq is 4,697 mm long, 1,882 mm wide and 1,676 mm tall, has a 2,791 mm wheelbase and a ground clearance of 187 mm. It is available in 5- and 7-seat seating layouts internationally. The Indian-spec version will have seven seats as standard, though.
It could be sold in 132 kW (176.94 hp) 2.0-litre TSI petrol and the 140 kW (187.67 hp) 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine models. 7-speed DSG transmission and an all-wheel-drive system should form the core mechanical carriage in these engine models.
The Skoda Kodiaq price could start at around INR 27 lakh (ex-showroom). Full-LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, 18-inch Trinity alloy wheels, LED tail lights, panoramic sunroof, three-zone Climatronic climate control, 8.0-inch Amundsen touchscreen infotainment system and at least eight airbags are among the expected features for India.