The Czech Republic brand has recently started the production of its facelifted Kodiaq at the Aurangabad facility in Maharashtra. The Kodiaq had established itself as a stylish and luxurious SUV in the Indian market since its launch in 2017. It has been out of the Indian market for long two years because of the stringent BS6 emission norms. The Kodiaq has returned with the VW group’s petrol-only offering for the Indian market.
The facelifted Skoda Kodiaq will now come equipped with 2.0 – litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 187 hp of peak power and 320 Nm of torque. This motor is mated to 7 speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox with an AWD (all-wheel drive) system. The Kodiaq will be built on an internationally acclaimed MQB platform, enhancing driving
dynamics, safety and advanced technology features.
The car was globally unveiled in April and showcased some minor cosmetic tweaks on the outside and inside. Talking about changes, it now gets updated LED matrix headlamps and the large hexagonal grille with the upright bonnet. The updated Kodiaq also receives a revised front bumper and grille with a new set of alloys, which looks sportier than the earlier version. There are handfuls of noticeable changes inside, starting with the new two-spoke steering wheel that we first saw in the Octavia and now in the Kushaq and the Slavia. The dashboard gets a new large 10.5-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen system also found in the VW Tiguan.
“The New KODIAQ is part of the overall SUV offensive of the Group in India. With the start of production at our world-class facility in Aurangabad, we add yet another product that provides the Indian customer with the best of technology, safety and comfort. The New KODIAQ will appeal to the ever-growing tribe of Indian customers looking for a large, luxurious SUV, suited for city and weekend drives. We are confident that the New KODIAQ will set benchmarks in the premium luxury segment and carry forward the momentum of our growth strategy in India,” says Mr Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited.
Skoda Auto is quite optimistic about its facelifted Kodiaq in the Indian market. Upon arrival, it will go up against the recently launched VW Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson and Citroen C5 Aircross.
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