Skoda India has launched an updated version of its 7-seater Kodiaq SUV to comply with the new BS6 Phase 2 norms. The base model now starts at INR 37.99 lakh, which is INR 50,000 more expensive than the previous version. Skoda has also increased the Kodiaq’s allocation for India by over 50 percent and will import it through the CKD route and assemble it at its Aurangabad plant.
Although the Kodiaq continues to use the same 2-liter, turbo-petrol engine as its predecessor, Skoda has made some modifications to meet new emissions regulations. The engine is now 4.2 percent more efficient, and the SUV’s power output remains unchanged at 190hp and 320Nm of torque, with a 7-speed dual-clutch (DSG) and a 4×4 system with Dynamic Chassis control.
The updated Kodiaq comes with safety features such as nine airbags, brake assist, stability control, multi-collision braking, and park assist with hands-free parking. In addition to the engine modifications, the rear spoiler has reworked vents for better aerodynamic performance, and the SUV has automatic door edge protectors that appear only when the door is open, preventing scratches and dents. Skoda has also added new headrests and a lounge step for the middle row for added comfort.
The Kodiaq’s base model, the Style, starts at INR 37.99 lakh, while the Sportline variant is priced at INR 39.39 lakh, which is INR 90,000 more expensive than the previous model. The top-of-the-line Laurin & Klement (L&K) now starts at INR 41.39 lakh, INR 1.4 lakh more expensive than the previous model. Skoda claims that the last batch of 1,200 units was sold out within 24 hours of opening bookings and has increased the allotment for the SUV from 1,200 in 2022 to 3,000 in 2023 due to high demand. However, the company has not yet announced the booking date.