New Skoda Kodiaq SUV To Be Unveiled Tomorrow In India

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New Skoda Kodiaq SUV To Be Unveiled Tomorrow In India

Posted on : Wednesday 9th of August 2017

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Skoda Kodiaq, the much anticipated full-size SUV from the Czech carmaker is all set to make its India debut tomorrow. Skoda India will unveil the new Kodiaq SUV alongside the upcoming Skoda Octavia vRS and will also reveal all the technical specs and features of the India-spec models. The new Skoda Kodiaq is the first 7-seater SUV to be introduced by the Mlada Boleslav-based carmaker and in India, the SUV will compete with the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and even the Volkswagen Tiguan, despite the fact that the latter is a 5-seater SUV.

Internationally, the Skoda Kodiaq SUV was first unveiled last year in September in Berlin while the production of the SUV began a month later in October 2016. We have already driven global-spec Skoda Kodiaq and were truly impressed by its built quality, features and performance. Most of the offerings that we mentioned in our review are expected to be offered with the India-spec Kodaiq as well but we will come to know for sure only after the SUV is unveiled.

Essentially, the Skoda Kodiaq is built on the same MQB platform as the Volkswagen Tiguan and shares most of its underpinnings with the latter. In terms of styling, the Kodiaq SUV employs the company's latest crystalline design language, which is now commonly seen in all new-generation Skoda cars like the Superb and the Octavia. There are sharp lines, creased metal and very layered, bejewelled lighting elements. The Kodiaq SUV also comes with the signature butterfly grille flanked by sharp headlamps and LED daytime running lights. The bumper design is bold and aggressive, while the squared wheel arches and the larger roof rails give the Kodiaq that macho SUV stance.

Under the hood, the new Skoda Kodiaq will come in three engine iterations- a 2-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit that churns out peak power of 177 bhp and peak torque of 320 Nm, the 2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine will produce 147 bhp of max power output and 340 Nm of max torque or 187 bhp and 400 Nm of peak power. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed DSG unit.

Several Skoda dealers in India have already started accepting bookings for the Skoda Kodiaq for a token of about ₹ 20,000. The SUV will officially go on sale in India around the festive season and the prices are expected to be somewhere in the ₹ 25 lakh to ₹ 30 lakh range. But, considering the GST Council is in talks about increasing the cess on SUVs and luxury car by an additional 10 per cent, the top-end model's price could stretch up to ₹ 35 lakh. Currently, SUVs in this segment fall under 43 per cent tax bracket.

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