Skoda India has been launching new cars back to back. After the success of the Kushaq, we just witnessed the global unveil of the Slavia and now, the all-new Skoda Kushaq is all set to hit the Indian roads. Unlike before, it will come powered with a sole petrol engine option and take on the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace and Upcoming Jeep Meridian.
Skoda Kodiaq Facelift - Five Things to Know
While the Kodiaq has just received a mid-cycle nip and tuck, there are some good changes to talk about. Here are five things about the Skoda Kodiaq you need to know.
Tweaked Exteriors and Better Aerodynamics
The new Kodiaq comes with tweaked exteriors whereas the overall silhouette remains intact. To start with, the bonnet is now high set and more sculpted for an aggressive look. The front grille is now bigger and boasts broader borders, flanked by slimmer LED headlights. With the facelift, the LED headlights now also sport Matrix technology. The lower bumper has been tweaked and the fog lights are repositioned too. Skoda has also added new alloy wheels to the range which can now measure up to 20-inch in size.
Updated Interiors Loaded with Tech
Hop on the inside and you will notice the scarcity of changes. They are only visible when you dive deeper into the details. The new 2-spoke steering wheel is now offered in nearly all the Skoda offerings, while the Sportline and RS trims of the Kodiaq get the sportier 3-spoke unit. The dashboard gets a new decorative trim and the door cards also get new stitching. The infotainment has been updated with new features and it also supports both Android Auto and Apple Car Play. In terms of features, the Kodiaq offers ventilated front seats with massage function, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, 10.25-inch virtual cockpit and more.
Petrol Powerplant Only with AWD
If you retrospect, Skoda launched the Kodiaq in the Indian market with a sole 2.0-litre diesel engine with AWD. It was later also followed by the arrival of the Kodiaq Scout that was a more offroad-friendly incarnation of the standard Kodiaq. But thanks to the stringent BS6 norms, Skoda is betting on petrol propulsion only and as a result, the Kodiaq will come powered with a 190Hp 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine. The engine will come mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox and AWD.
More Affordable than Before
Skoda Kodiaq Facelift will be brought to the Indian market via the CKD route. That attracts lower tax impositions when compared to its german sibling, the Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace that has been offered via the CBU route. We expect Skoda to price the Kodiaq in the region of 30-33 lakh ex-showroom PAN India. The launch is slated for January 2022 and the bookings will be open shortly.
To Get Stiffer Competition
Skoda Kodiaq boasts sophisticated German engineering, a powerful petrol powerplant and stylish looks. But all of that could be under shadowed with the arrival of the Jeep Meridian that is all set to hit the market in 2022. Jeep Meridian will have a clear advantage with a diesel powerplant, more advanced 4x4 drivetrain and more features.
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