Skoda has launched the all new Kodiaq at a starting price of Rs.34.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The SUV was launched four year ago and the Czech carmaker has an updated version for 2022 with striking design language and improvements to the engine, chassis, driving dynamics, safety, in-cabin entertainment and connectivity and comfort and luxury features.
The all new Skoda Kodiaq comes equipped with a 2.0 TSI petrol engine mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission powering all four wheels. The 2022 Kodiaq is only available as a seven-seater with variants Style, SportLine and Laurin & Klement.
“KODIAQ has a rich, international legacy of being a pioneering model of our SUV campaign. In India, as in with the other markets where the KODIAQ is present, the SUV has stood out for the ample space on offer, comprehensive range of equipment and its excellent value-for-money proposition. With the all-new ŠKODA KODIAQ, we build on the design aesthetic, comfort, engine and dynamic capabilities, along with thoughtful additions in the cabin. With several segment leading features and uncompromising safety, ŠKODA KODIAQ is a complete luxury package for the family, whether it is everyday driving or off-road adventures.”Mr. Zac Hollis, Brand Director, ŠKODA AUTO India.
With its redesigned front and rear, new off-road features and a hexagonal ŠKODA grille, the all-new Skoda Kodiaq is rugged than ever. The SUV features a new bonnet, the front and rear bumpers are now body-coloured, and the head and taillight clusters have new cosmetic and functional additions to them. The headlights are Crystalline LEDs with illuminated eyelashes and dynamic turn indicators at the rear. Moreover, a new rear spoiler design optimises the large SUV’s aerodynamics. The differently styled alloys for the 45.72cm (R18) wheels will be unique for all variants.
The Style and Laurin & Klement variants focus on the rear seat luxury with stone beige leather perforated upholstery for the L&K, with more chrome inside and outside.
The SportLine variant is more driver-oriented with all black suedia interiors, a 3-spoke flat-bottom sport steering wheel, more side bolstering, integrated headrests, and expanded shoulder support sport seats for enthusiastic cornering. Also adding to the array of interior comfort features are the 12-way adjustable electric seats with in-built cooling and heating in the L&K. The SUV comes with an option of a three or two-spoke steering wheel, ambient lighting along with a state-of-the-art Canton 625 W 12-speaker audio system with a subwoofer. Besides, one can remotely open and shut windows, door mirrors and the all-new panoramic sunroof.
ENGINE AND DYNAMICS
The SUV is powered by a 2.0 TSI engine producing 140kW (190 PS) and 320Nm of torque. The Kodiaq accelerates to 100kph in just under 7.8 seconds (claimed figure). Further enhancing the driving dynamics of this all-terrain luxury SUV is the Progressive Steering. It flexes its forces depending on driving conditions and vehicle speed, making the SUV easy to manoeuvre at slow speeds and offering the driver better control at higher speeds.
In addition, the first-in-segment Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) offered in the L&K, further adds to the Kodiaq‘s capabilities of on-road and all-terrain dynamics. DCC allows the driver to select between Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sports, Snow and Individual driving modes. At the heart of the DCC are dual-shell, gas-liquid shock absorbers mated to an Electronic Control Unit that constantly monitors terrain and provides optimum damping characteristics to each shock absorber lending smooth and consistent ride and handling characteristics allowing a full-size SUV like the Kodiaq to pack in agile, car-like dynamics.
CONNECTIVITY AND INFOTAINMENT
The new Kodiaq is equipped with a 20.32 cm infotainment touchscreen with inbuilt navigation and full connectivity via the MySKODA CONNECT App. Further enhancing in-car connectivity are an array of latest-generation USB C ports accessible to the front passengers and a 12V socket for the convenience of the rear passengers, wireless charging for your phone, and support for wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Style variant comes with 4 analogue dials and digital readouts displaying essential driver information. The SportLine and L&K trims come with a fully programmable Virtual Cockpit with digital dials and a digital console that complements the 26.03 cm media interface with five themes to suit the driver’s needs.
The new Kodiaq comes equipped with a total of 9 airbags as standard. The other safety features include adaptive front headlights, automatic dimming exterior mirror (on driver side) and defogging across all transparent surfaces, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic brake assist, stability control, multi-collision braking and park assist with handsfree parking . In addition, the flagship L&K variant comes with hill descent control and a 360-degree camera as standard.
The SUV is enhanced by other little but incredible features like the Simply Clever umbrella , the Kodiaq now gets the umbrella wet case in each front door with an umbrella itself provided for the driver. Also standard is the Virtual Pedal with the electric tailgate allowing users to open and close the rear boot with just a swing of the leg, negating the need to fish for keys or hunt for buttons when carrying luggage or shopping to be stored in the boot.
And for comfort in long journeys, the company also offers a Power Nap Package with a blanket, allowing passengers to have a relaxed and comfortable experience. Not to be forgotten are the other usual Skoda enhancements like a ticket-holder in the A-pillar, illuminated and cooled glovebox, dashboard storage, and the Easy Grip mat for the front bottle holder.