The updated version of Skoda’s full-size seven-seat SUV is on its way. Skoda India’s top boss has confirmed that the facelift Kodiaq will be launched in January next year.
The 2021 Skoda Kodiaq, which broke cover in April this year, has been on sale in the international market since. Zac Hollis, Brand Director, Skoda Auto India, has confirmed on social media that the updated Skoda Kodiaq will be launched in January 2022. The Skoda Kodiaq facelift will re-enter the Indian market via the CKD route, and its assembly will commence in December this year.
The new Skoda Kodiaq will have a restyled exterior and an updated interior. The fascia is more in line with the family design language, which we have seen on the Skoda Kushaq. The grille has a very familiar outline, similar to the one on the 2021 Skoda Octavia. The Kodiaq now gets a slimmer headlamp assembly compared to the pre-facelift model. The side profile is mostly the same, but the Kodiaq facelift sports a new set of alloy wheels, ranging from 18- to 20-inch. The shoulder line, body cladding, and wheel arches are very similar to that of the pre-facelift model. The rear end showcases a familiar tail lamp and bumper design.
The cabin now features a new two-spoke steering wheel, which now has become commonplace in most Skoda cars launched in the recent past. There is an all-digital 10.25-inch instrument cluster and an 8-inch infotainment screen on offer. Internationally, the SUV can be had with an optional 9-inch infotainment screen as well.
The international-spec Skoda Kodiaq gets Wireless Apple Carplay, Wireless Android Auto, and Mirror Link. There are also a host of connected features based on an in-built e-sim. Most of the features are likely to be offered with the updated India spec Skoda Kodiaq.
Overseas, the Skoda Kodiaq gets two petrol engines and one diesel engine on offer. However, in India, the brand will offer just a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, which produces 188bhp and 320Nm. The drivetrain will include a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox mated to an all-wheel-drive system.
In the past, Skoda India has offered the Kodiaq in multiple variants, which were introduced at evenly spaced intervals in the SUV’s life cycle. It remains to be seen if Skoda launches the Kodiaq facelift in all three variants – the Style, L&K, and Scout – or introduces them in due course of time.
The pricing of the updated Skoda Kodiaq will likely begin at the Rs 36 lakh (ex-showroom) mark and could go all the way up to Rs 39 lakh (ex-showroom) for the highest trim level. It will rival SUVs such as the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Volkswagen Tiguan All Space, and MG Gloster.