Skoda’s oh-so serious and sophisticated SUV gets an update for 2021. In its latest avatar, the Kodiaq now gets sharper and bigger, thanks to a large bonnet that’s been raised significantly at the sides and a new hexagonal grille that sits more upright for a in-your-face look. The new headlamp cluster with the fog lights below are said to form a distinct four-light LED cluster.
Designers have also redesigned the bumpers, giving the front a body-coloured, sculptured front apron that features a crystalline, mesh-effect air inlet in the lower section, with L-shaped finishing touches on the sides that look like air curtains. The diffuser at the rear features the same design along with a black-grained strip flanked below the loading lip. Also new on the rear are clean-cut LED lights and a new gloss-black rear spoiler.
Interiors get new treatment too. In addition to new decorative strips on the dashboard, additional contrasting stitching on the dashboard and door panels are now included. Ventilated ergonomic seats including a massage function are available as an option for the driver and front passenger, however we are yet to ascertain if this will be offered on the India spec variant. Also, the LED ambient lighting now has more functions and if you haven’t notice already, the steering wheel has just two spokes!
While multiple engines are offered internationally, Skoda is expected to launch the Kodiaq in India with a 2.0-litre TSI that will be coupled with a seven-speed DSG unit that will be capable of sending power to all four wheels. This engine powers the Kodiaq RS that was showcased, equipping the SUV with 242bhp, however for India, it could be detuned to produce 187bhp, similar to the likes of the Skoda Superb.
Yes, we would love to see Skoda offering the RS variant for the Indian customers, even if they are brought in limited numbers. The 2.0-litre TSI is said to produce 242bhp in the RS variant and comes coupled with a seven-speed DSG transmission. What’s more, the RS variant is further distinguished by gloss black body applications and the new 20-inch Sagitarius alloy wheels. The combination of black Suedia sports seats with contrasting red stitching enhances the sporty appeal of the Kodiaq RS.
Skoda will be bringing the Kodiaq to India by the end of this year, possibly by September. Upon launch the SUV will compete against the likes of the Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace, Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour