Skoda launched the very first iteration of the Kodiaq in late 2016, and it became the largest model in the brand’s portfolio. Built on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, this mid-size SUV can seat up to seven occupants. After over four years, the Czech automaker has finally unveiled the latest avatar of the Skoda Kodiaq. While the Kodiaq facelift has only just made its international debut, Skoda will be bringing it to India in the latter half of 2021. Unlike the more affordable Kushaq, the Kodiaq facelift will come to our shores via the CKD (completely knocked-down) route.
The facelifted Skoda Kodiaq gets several noticeable changes over its pre-facelifted model. For example, the front fascia now features the Czech brand’s latest grille design that looks sleeker than before. The LED headlamps are also of a sharper design, though there is a separate LED unit found right under the main headlamps. Meanwhile, the broad lower section of the front bumper comes with a sporty honeycomb pattern and gets stylish air intakes. Moving to the side, the Kodiaq facelift sports bold-looking alloy wheels, chrome around the windows, large roof rails, black body cladding, and a strong beltline that extends from the headlamp to the tail lamp.
The rear of the Kodiaq facelift gets stylishly sleek LED taillights, prominent ‘Skoda’ lettering, a sporty roof spoiler, and a faux skid plate. Inside, the Skoda Kodiaq facelift scores quite a lot of modern equipment. The list includes a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display, a 9.2-inch touch-infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, tri-zone automatic climate control, 10-color LED mood lighting, a panoramic sunroof, massaging & ventilated front seats, and a 10-speaker Canton premium audio system.
Meanwhile, the Kodiaq’s cabin houses three rows of seats and there is also an elegant-looking two-spoke steering wheel on the L&K trim. While much of the cabin is the same as before, Skoda has integrated a few new trim bits and stitching on the dashboard.
Making the debut this year is the sporty RS variant of the Skoda Kodiaq. Not only does it look more aggressive and meaner than the standard model, but the Kodiaq RS also gets a stronger 242hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-popper to boot. This comes mated to a new 7-speed DSG gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system. Meanwhile, the standard Kodiaq petrol can be had with either a 1.5-liter TSI or a 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder motor. The former produces 148hp, whilst the latter is good for 187hp – the 1.5 TSI is only offered with front-wheel drive and comes as standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox. However, the Kodiaq facelift is also available with a 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine with up to 197hp in select markets.
When it arrives in our market, the Skoda Kodiaq facelift will be powered by a 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder with 187hp and 320Nm of torque. This motor will drive all four wheels via a 7-speed DSG transmission. The Kodiaq’s main rivals in India include the Citroen C5 Aircross and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. Even when it does reach, the Skoda Kodiaq will likely not be the most common 7-seater SUV on our roads.