Skoda's Kodiaq SUV is one of the most anticipated SUVs around. The Kodiaq will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September, before arriving on Indian shores next year.
So let's take a look at Skoda's upcoming premium SUV and see if it is really worth waiting for.
The Name And The Game
The Skoda Kodiaq is named after the Kodiaq bear which is only found on the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago in southwest Alaska.
Like the big bear, it is named after, the Kodiaq is the biggest SUV from Skoda yet and is the first time the Czech carmaker is offering a 7-seat SUV.
Bear Like Size
Speaking about the size of the SUV, the Kodiaq is 4,697mm long, 1,882mm wide, and 1,680mm tall. The Kodiaq has a wheelbase that is 2,791mm long, making it slightly smaller than the Vision S SUV concept it is based on.
The big wheelbase means that there will enough space for the Kodiaq's passengers to sit quite comfortably, considering Skoda's most luxurious car, the Superb, only has a wheelbase that is just 50mm longer.
Boot space with all 7 seats down is a quite small at 270mm but if you fold both rows of seats, the boot space increases to a cavernous 2,055mm.
Sharp, Sophisticated Looks
The Skoda Kodiaq is based on the Vision S SUV concept seen at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and it retains most of what made the Vision S such a good looking SUV.
The sharp, sleek headlamps of the Kodiaq have been retained but the fog lamps has made its way down to the bumper, as is the norm with almost every car. The bumpers look beefy, giving the Kodiaq a rather muscular look.
The rear end of the Kodiaq retains sleek taillamps but the integrated exhaust tips on the rear bumper have been shifted lower down and are much smaller in size as well.
Diesel Power For India
The Kodiaq is expected to enter India with the trusty 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine seen on numerous Volkswagen Group cars in India.
The 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine will be available in two different variants in the international markets. The lower end variant of the engine will produce 148bhp and 340Nm of torque. The more powerful variant will push out 187bhp and 400Nm of torque.
It is the more powerful version of the engine that is expected to make its way into India where it will be paired with a six-speed dual clutch DSG gearbox.
However, the less powerful variant could make its way into India at a later date, along with the petrol engines that will be available in international markets.
The Kodiaq's diesel engine and DSG gearbox will push out the power to all four wheels, which should make the Kodiaq quite safe to drive on the road, even in bad weather.
Skoda has also fitted the Kodiaq with an off-road button, which will allow owners to take their SUVs through some of the rough stuff. However, don't expect the Kodiaq to butt heads with any Range Rovers and their crazy off-roading abilities.
Feature Packed And Safe As Houses
The new Kodiaq is expected to feature the latest tech available that will help enhance safety and convenience.
The top-of-the-line Kodiaq is expected to feature an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as sat-nav along with in-car wifi and other Gizmos including a top-end speaker system to keep the beat-conscious customer entertained.
To ensure that those inside remain comfortable, Skoda will offer leather seats to keep customers cocooned in luxury, while the ambient lighting from the Superb is also expected to make its way onto the SUV. Another Superb feature that could be present on the Kodiaq are those umbrellas fitted into the doors.
Safety wise, the Kodiaq will get multiple airbags, ABS, parking sensors and numerous other safety features along with the four-wheel-drive-system to ensure everyone inside is as safe as possible.
The Kodiaq is expected to rival the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endevour when it comes into India. The Kodiaq is expected to priced between Rs. 25 - 30 lakh (ex-showroom).