Skoda Auto‘s upcoming new 7 Seater Skoda SUV based on the VisionS SUV concept has been revealed. Initially, the 7 Seater Skoda SUV was expected to go on sale under the ‘Snowman’ moniker, but Skoda has now said that the upcoming 7 Seater Skoda SUV, which will go up against the likes of Toyota Fortuner, will be called ‘Kodiaq’. The Czech automaker has confirmed that it will launch the new crossover in international markets early next year. Its India launch will also take place sometime in 2017. The upcoming 7 Seater Skoda Kodiaq SUV will be a bigger sibling of the Yeti. Read on for Skoda Kodiaq India launch details, price in India, specifications, etc.
The new 7-seater Skoda SUV first arrived as the VisionS SUV concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Skoda says that the Kodiaq’s design conveys ‘strength and protection’. The Kodiaq 7 Seater Skoda SUV is based on the VW Group’s MQB platform. The Kodiaq is the biggest-ever SUV with a Skoda badge. The manufacturer says that the ‘Kodiaq’ name comes from ‘Kodiak’, which is a type of bear found in Alaska. For India, the Kodiaq SUV is likely to be assembled at VW’s facility in Chakan, Pune.
Skoda Kodiaq Price in India
|Base||INR 30 Lakhs|
|Top||INR 32 Lakhs|
The Kodiaq could have an ex-showroom price of roughly INR 30 lakhs in India. The top-end model could cost INR 32 Lakhs. Which means it will go head to head with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner. Skoda India has priced the new Superb competitively and we hope they’ll do the same with the upcoming SUV. The high price of the Skoda Yeti turned out to be the biggest drawback of an otherwise capable product. Skoda will also compete with the parent company Volkswagen’s Tiguan, which will come to in India in the second half of 2016.
Skoda Kodiaq Launch Date in India
|Model Name||Expected India Launch Date|
|2017 Skoda Kodiaq||Second Half 2017|
Initially, according to some reports, Skoda was to bring the Kodiaq to India only in early 2018. However, Skoda has now confirmed the 7-seater SUV will come to us in 2017. Internationally, the manufacturer is likely to start sales of the Kodiaq in the first quarter of 2017 following the SUV’s debut at the Paris Motor Show. Skoda India is working hard to come up with a new model range in India. They recently launched the all-new Superb and are working on a facelift of the Rapid. Also, they will launch the Skoda Octavia RS early next year.
Skoda Kodiaq India Specifications
|Engine||1.4-litre Turbo Petrol; 2.0-litre Turbo Petrol, 2.0-litre Turbo Diesel|
|Maximum Power||125 PS/150 PS; 180 PS; 150PS/190 PS|
|Peak Torque||200 Nm/250 Nm; 320 Nm/; 340 Nm/400 Nm|
|Transmission Options||6-Speed DSG Automatic, 6-Speed Manual, 7-Speed DSG Automatic|
In India, however, the Kodiaq is likely to share its engines with the Octavia and the Superb. It will be powered by a 1.8 TSI Petrol and a 2.0 L TDI Diesel. They will churn out around 180 PS & 250 Nm and 177 PS and 350 Nm respectively. Based on Volkswagen‘s MQB platform, this 7 Seater Skoda SUV is expected to be around 4.7 meters in length and have an optional all-wheel drive system. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual, 6-speed DSG and a 7-speed DSG. The SUV will be 4.7 metres in length, which means it will be longer than the Yeti and will get three rows of seats.
Internationally, the Kodiaq will come with a hybrid powerplant, which gets a 1.4-litre Petrol and a couple of electric motors. However, we aren’t too sure if this engine option would make it to India.
Skoda Kodiaq Mileage
|1.8-litre TSI Petrol, 7-Speed DSG||Upto 15 km/l|
|2.0-litre TDI Diesel, 6-Speed DSG||Upto 20 km/l|
Like we said, the Kodiaq will be sharing its engines with the new Superb and the Octavia. This means that the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq 7 Seater SUV will offer similar mileage figures as well. Fuel mileage of the diesel Kodiaq could be as high as 20 KMPL on the highways. The Petrol model will offer up to 15 KMPL.
Skoda Kodiaq Dimensions
|Ground Clearance||168 mm|
Skoda Kodiaq Features
- Body Coloured Bumpers
- LED Headlamps
- Chrome Grille
- Skid Plates
- Electric Sunroof
- Body Cladding
- Stylish Alloy Wheels
- Roof Rails
- Tailgate-mounted Rear Spoiler
- Dual Exhaust
- LED Taillamps
This seven-seater has plenty of space on the inside with three rows of seats as can be seen in the images. Markets such as ours prefer having a third row of seats as an option, a feature Yeti misses out on. Skoda is likely to manufacture both 5-seat and 7-seat variants of the Kodiaq.
- Leather Upholstery
- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with Google Earth
- Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and SmartGate
- Dual Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
- Rear Aircon Vents
- Electric Adjustments for Front Seats
- Integrated Infotainment System
- CD/FM/USB/AUX/iPOD/ Bluetooth Connectivity
- Multi-function Steering Wheel
- Wireless Phone Charging
- Tilt and Telescopic Adjustment for Steering Wheel
- 6 Airbags
- Area View Cameras
- Tow Assist System
- Parking Distance Control with Braking
Skoda Kodiaq Design Review- Exterior
Talking about the Vision S Concept, Jozef Kabaň, Skoda Head of Design, said “The VisionS is designed in an expressive, attractive and dynamic way; the design has a balance – typical for Skoda – of rationality and aesthetics. The lines of the Skoda Vision S have evidently been inspired by the tradition of Bohemian crystal glass art and a touch of cubism: all sections are precise, sharp and clean-cut. On the strikingly contoured surfaces, the distinctive play of light and shade creates strong effects that are emphasised even further by the colour Iceland Green.”
The design of the production spec Kodiaq isn’t major departure from the VisionS concept. One glance at the front-end of the Kodiaq, and it becomes clear that the SUV has the definite Skoda nose. In words of the manufacturer, the double horizontal lines running across the hood convey a sense of “protection and strength”. Highlight of the front-end is a trapezoid front grille that is set upright along with four stylish headlights. The headlights boast LED technology. The main headlights get LED Daytime Running Lights.
In its side profile, the upcoming 7 Seater Skoda SUV has a robust touch to it. The highlight here is the greatly recessed tornado line that runs from the upper headlamps and runs across the entire profile. The sloping roofline and the tapered rear-end are some more highlights of the design. The recess for the rear registration plate tapers slightly rearwards. The rear gets Skoda’s signature LED C-motif tail lights, similar to what we’ve seen on the new Superb.
Skoda Kodiaq Interior
The interior is a reflection of the exterior. The Kodiaq’s interior boasts a ‘democratic’ character, which means equal importance will be given to every occupant. The cabin has been divided very symmetrically.The interior design theme of the Kodiaq interior seems similar to the latest generation Superb. The Kodiaq 7-seater Skoda SUV will come loaded with features. The dashboard, the steering wheel, the instrument console, everything seems to be inspired from the Superb. From the looks of it, there should be ample space in the third row for a couple of passengers.
The concept vehicle sports two large, flat 16-inch screens surrounded by vertically-positioned air outlets. Production-spec Kodiaq might give individual screens a miss. The manufacturer will pay huge attention to the practicality and user-friendliness of the cabin. Not only this, the Kodiaq is also likely to offer voice and gesture-based controls. The seats will be covered in high-quality Nappa leather. The Vision S concept’s steering wheel hub and bits of its centre console are made from hand-cut Czech crystal glass. However, this feature might not make it to the production-spec Kodiaq. But it is sure to get ambient lighting.
Skoda Kodiaq 7 Seater SUV Competition
Skoda Kodiaq will rival everything from the likes of Toyota Fortuner to upcoming Nissan X-Trail Hybrid.
Skoda Kodiaq Engine and Transmissions
The Skoda Kodiaq features a 1.4-litre Petrol engine along with 2 electric motors. The petrol engine delivers 154bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque. The 2 electric motors mounted on the gearbox and rear axle produce 54 bhp and 114 bhp respectively. The combined power output is 222 bhp. However, we feel that India might get only conventional engine options. The Petrol engine will be a 1.8-litre unit churning out a max. power of 180 PS. This will come with a 7-Speed DSG. The Diesel motor is a 2.0-litre unit an output of 150 PS. It will come with 6-speed DSG. Both the engines could offer optional 4WD.
7 Seater Skoda SUV Kodiaq Images
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