Skoda recently held a press conference in Mumbai for the technical briefing of its upcoming products, the Kodiaq SUV and Octavia RS performance sedan. The Kodiaq SUV is currently being tested on Indian roads and had been spotted on several occasions. The specifications announced at the briefing, however, were of the international spec model and the car maker has remained tight-lipped about the India spec SUV. We’d most likely hear more on that front when the SUV arrives in India around the festive season.
Bookings for the Kodiaq, as you must’ve read in our previous reports, have already commenced and the SUV is listed on Skoda India’s official website. The SUV is built on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, features Skoda’s crystalline design language and is the first seven-seat SUV from the Czech brand. The Skoda Kodiaq is equipped with full LED headlights, LED tail lamps, panoramic sun roof, eight inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three zone climate control, electric front seats, heated steering wheel, ambient lighting, reverse camera, surround parking sensors and hands-free tailgate operation. The 360-degree cameras will enable efficient and safe parking.
The SUV is 4,697 mm long, sports a wheelbase of 2,791 mm and has a ground clearance of 190mm. The storage capacity without folding any of the three rows stands at 270-litre. Folding third row gives a storage capacity of 630-litre while lowering the second row extends it to 2,005-litre.
The Care Connect smartphone app features :
- Remote access to vehicle status
- Driving data
- Destination import
- Area and speed notifications
- Honk and flash function
- Parking location
- Online anti-theft alarm
The SUV also features new Snow Mode (for 4 x 4) and off-road mode. The Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) is three-way selectable : Normal, Sport and Comfort. The SUV is available with two TDI (diesel) and three TSI (petrol) engine options with power output range of 125 to 190 hp. The displacement ranges from 1.4 to 2.0 litre. The engine features Direct Injection with Turbocharger which is Euro 6 emission standard compliant. Other features include Brake Energy Recovery and Automatic Start-Stop.
As aforementioned, the specifications announced at the launch event were of the international spec model. The India spec details would be announced at the launch of the SUV which is likely to happen around the festive season.