Production of India-bound Skoda Kodiaq underway in Czech Republic

19/10/2016 - 12:28 | ,   | Aravind Jayachandran

Manufactured in Kvasiny.

Skoda has announced that series production of their first ever mid-size SUV - the Skoda Kodiaq - has commenced at the company's Czech factory in Kvasiny. Skoda's flagship model will launch in European markets from early-2017, and arrive in India in the second half of that year.

Skoda Kodiaq production launched
The Kodiaq will launch in European markets from early-2017, and reach India sometime late next year.

The Kodiaq made its world debut in Berlin on September 1 and later showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show at the end of the same month. The exterior looks unmistakably Skoda; featuring characteristic angular lines, Skoda’s butterfly grille, sleek two tier headlamps, and LED taillamps. It measures 4,697 mm long, 1,882 mm wide, 1,667 mm tall and has a 2,791 mm wheelbase.

The Kodiaq is the first 7-seater from Skoda, offering a conventional pair of foldable seats in the third row as an option. It offers a trunk capacity of 720L (with third row folded), which can be increased to 2,065L with the second row folded. The interior design borrows cues from the VisionS Concept and Superb sedan.

Skoda Kodiaq production
The Skoda Kodiaq will have to reckon with the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Nissan X-Trail in India.

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The engine lineup will include three petrol and two diesel options. A 1.4 TSI will be available in two power states: 125 PS and 155 PS, while a bigger 2.0 TSI produces 180 PS. The diesel variants will pack a 2.0 TDI engine also available in two outputs: 150 PS and 190 PS. A 6-speed manual and DSG are the transmissions, while an AWD system is available in all variants except the base 125 PS 1.4 TSI.

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