Skoda Enters Premium SUV Space With All-New Kodiaq

Skoda Enters Premium SUV Space With All-New Kodiaq

Skoda Auto India Premium SUV Launch Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Auto India today launched its all-new Kodiaq premium SUV at Rs 34.49 lakh, ex-showroom all-India. The Kodiaq is Skoda’s first seven-seater SUV, which is available in the Style variant alone, is claimed to offer a number of class-leading features. The Skoda Kodiaq premium SUV is 4.7 m long, and is available with a diesel engine, in 4x4 version only.

The Skoda Kodiaq is powered by a 2 l, TDI diesel engine that generates about 148 hp of power, with peak torque of 340 Nm. The engine is mated to a new seven-speed DSG, dual-clutch transmission (DQ-500 7A), which is a variant designed for powerful engines with torque of up to 600 Nm. The premium SUV has a claimed top speed of 192 km/h, with fuel efficiency of 16.25 km/l. The Kodiaq comes with the option of allowing the driver to select between five driving modes through the Driving Mode Select function. These modes allow the driver to adjust the operation of the engine and DSG management, power steering, air conditioning and other systems in Normal, Eco, Sport, snow and Individual modes.

The Kodiaq comes with 4x4, all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, with electronic control for increased traction, stability and driving safety. The AWD system has an electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch, which constantly calculates the ideal driving torque for the rear axle and virtually eliminates loss of traction, explained Skoda. However, when the vehicle is cruising the power is transmitted to the front axle, thus increasing the fuel efficiency.

In terms of exterior design, the Skoda Kodiaq features a wide, three-dimensional radiator grill in the front, combined with narrow raked headlights with full-LED technology. The side and rear feature sharp and sculpted doors and tailgate. The rear is completed with typical Skoda-styled, C-shape split rear lights with LED technology. The Kodiaq features a long wheelbase and short overhangs, along with angular wheel arches. Skoda said a combination of hot-stamped metal sheets forms the ultra-strong backbone of the SUV’s body, leading to superior torsional stiffness. The aerodynamic design of the Skoda Kodiaq results in a drag coefficient cw value of 0.336. The SUV comes with Trinity 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Skoda Kodiaq’s wheelbase of 2,791 mm results in maximised interior space. The interior is characterised by bold vertical elements, such as the four large air vents, noted the company. The other interior elements include large circular instruments, three-zone Climatronic with separate control panel for rear seats and electrically-adjustable front seats with memory function. The vehicle’s rear seats can be folded in the ratio 40:20:40, and can also be adjusted by 18 cm to ensure optimum space for passengers in the second and third rows. The angle of the backrest is also individually adjustable, added Skoda. The Kodiaq is claimed to offer the largest boot in its class, with a volume of up to 2,005 litres with the rear seats folded down.

With regards to safety, the Kodiaq is equipped with nine airbags, iBuzz Fatigue Alert for the driver and Multi-Collision Brake that prevents any further uncontrolled movement of the vehicle following a collision. The Kodiaq comes with hands-free parking, which is a convenience feature that helps in parking the large SUV in a space 60 cm longer than the car itself. The SUV also comes with an electrically-adjustable panoramic sunroof that further enhances the interior space.

The Skoda Kodiaq comes equipped with an Amundsen music and infotainment system, which features a capacitive touch display in glass design. The company said that for the first time, the SmartLink all-in-one app also integrates SmartGate in the new Kodiaq - alongside Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink standards. The premium Canton Sound system in the SUV features 10 speakers including subwoofer, and has a power output of 575 watts. The vehicle also features a Digital Voice Enhancement feature which uses the infotainment system to transmit the voice from the driver’s position to passengers in the seat.

The Kodiaq also comes with Skoda’s ‘Simply Clever’ features that offer practical and convenient assistance. These include door-edge protection that is deployed automatically when opening the car door to prevent damage on the door edge from coming into contact with a garage wall or an adjacent car. The trim folds itself back in when shutting the door, Skoda noted. Other features include the Power Nap Package and removable boot torch and virtual pedal that enable contact-free access for the electrically-controlled hatch door. Additionally, the Keyless Entry, Start and stop button (KESSY) allows the fifth door to be opened and closed at the touch of a button on the remote control and driver door.

Ashutosh Dixit, Director, Sales, Service and Marketing, Skoda Auto India, said the Kodiaq is versatile and offers everything the brand promises. It delivers performance, comfort, safety, best in next-gen technology and real value for money for the ever evolving and discerning Indian customers’ need, he added.

India is one of the most promising economies with a dynamically evolving automotive industry, noted Klaus-Dieter Schürmann, Board Member, Finance, Skoda Auto. He said this market will be of significant importance in the company’s global growth strategy. The Skoda Kodiaq is at the forefront of the company’s SUV campaign and marks the beginning of its SUV strategy in India, added Schürmann.

Naveen Arul
Author: Naveen Arul
As a Principal Correspondent based out of Bengaluru, Naveen has been covering the southern and western regions of the country for development of editorial content for the magazine, as well as website. Passionate about automobiles (two- and four-wheelers) from a very young age, Naveen has had the opportunity to learn and write about technologies in this sphere ever since he joined ATR in 2013. His personal interests predominantly revolve around learning mechanical aspects of any system and trying to work on them himself. He tweets @naveenarul