Launched: Skoda Kodiaq
Big Skoda arrives with a big price tag
We're sure a lot of folks had been waiting for the Skoda Kodiaq. The wait ends here. Yes, it is quite expensive, but that's for a reason.
Based on the MQB platform, the Kodiaq is Skoda's first full-size SUV. Even so, measuring in at just under 4.7 metres in length, the Kodiaq is decidedly compact for its segment -- and also light. Despite that, Skoda has managed to squeeze three rows into it. It's not intimidatingly big (a minus for some), but its sharp creases and crystalline elements will win it its own set of admirers. Exterior highlights include all-LED lighting and 18-inch 'Trinity' alloy wheels. There's no doubting it: it's a smart-looking SUV, this.
It's offered in a single, full-loaded trim: the Style. It gets everything, from leather upholstery and three-zone climate control, to a Canton stereo and a glut of airbags. Because it's loaded to the gills, it costs as much as it does.
Powering it is a 2.0-litre TDI engine producing 148bhp and 340Nm of torque. A 7-speed DSG is standard, as is a 4x4 system. Skoda claims the Kodiaq will do 16.25kpl, which should bless it with a healthy range on a full 63-litre tank.
At Rs 34.49 lakh, the Kodiaq is significantly more expensive than its seven-seating peers, namely, the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. But it's clear that Skoda is aiming for a different (also read smaller) demographic. Will the Kodiaq become a familiar sight, or will it turn out to be yet another Yeti? What do you think, dotcommers?