New Skoda Kodiaq spied testing in India – Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour rival
Already on sale in Europe, the new Skoda Kodiaq will most likely go on sale in India by Diwali 2017.
The new Skoda Kodiaq 7-seater SUV has been spied for the first time in India. Launched in Europe a few months ago, the flagship Skoda SUV will be launched in India in the coming months where it will compete with the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour in the INR 24-30 lakh segment.
The Skoda Kodiaq is closely related to the VW’s upcoming Teramont (production version of the CrossBlue concept). The SUV is based on the MQB platform and will be powered by a lineup of 3 petrol and 2 diesel engines. Both manual and DSG automatic transmissions will be on offer. Higher variants are equipped with 4×4 system. In India, it is expected to be offered in one petrol and one diesel engine option.
Built to take on the toughest of terrains, the new Kodiaq wears the new Skoda design language inspired by the Vision C Concept which was showcased at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It will sit above the Superb in the company line-up once launched.
On the inside, the dashboard layout and design are fresh, there are several familiar bits that come from the Superb sedan such as the steering wheel, instrument console, door pads, etc. The full black color theme is complemented by glossy black inserts and chrome accented knobs. The centre console houses new AC vents and a neat touchscreen infotainment system. The seats are upholstered in leather and have decidedly premium contours. The middle row occupants get dedicated floor-mounted AC vents.
The second and third row seats fold flat to create a cavernous storage space. The Kodiaq can be specified in both 5- and 7-seat versions. The car has a maximum boot capacity of 2,065 litres. Feature highlights include door edge guards, optional heated steering wheel, and electric child safety and sleep headrests.