Skoda showcased the Kodiaq petrol at the 2020 Auto Expo. Now, more than a year later, the carmaker has confirmed it will go on sale in India in Q3 2021 (July to September). Confirming the news, Zac Hollis, Director ŠKODA AUTO India tweeted, “The third launch this year will be the facelifted Kodiaq, which we will launch in Q3 with the powerful 2.0TSI engine.”
Skoda will launch the Kodiaq petrol in the facelift avatar. While the carmaker has not officially unveiled the Kodiaq facelift, thanks to some spy shots, we have a fair idea of how the updated SUV will look. Upfront, it features slimmer LED headlamps flanking the wider front grille. The side and rear profile remain largely unchanged save for a set of new alloy wheels, mildly updated tail lamps and the Skoda lettering on the tailgate replacing the Skoda logo.
Similarly, on the inside, the facelifted Kodiaq is expected to look identical to the pre-facelift model save for some mild updated in the form of upholstery. Features on offer should include a panoramic sunroof, adaptive LED headlamps, a large touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 12-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, 3-zone climate control, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and upto 7 airbags.
Under the hood, the Kodiaq petrol will be powered by the same 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine that powers the Super facelift, VW Tiguan Allspace, Audi A4 facelift and the Audi Q2. It makes 190PS and 320Nm paired to a 7-speed DSG automatic. Like the Tiguan Allspace, the Kodiaq petrol will also come with a 4WD system.
Prices of the Skoda Kodiaq petrol are expected to range from Rs 35 lakh to Rs 38 lakh. It will take on likes of the Citroen C5 Aircross and VW Tiguan Allspace. Pricewise, it will also compete with body-on-frame SUVs like the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and the MG Gloster.