Skoda Kodiaq Facelift set for January 2022 Launch
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The most significant change in the Skoda Kodiaq makeover is the conversion from being a diesel-powered vehicle to a petrol one. It will come equipped with an all-wheel-drive system as standard.
Skoda India has launched a local assembly of the Kodiaq facelift at its Aurangabad factory, marking the start of the company's global expansion. The facelifted Skoda Kodiaq was unveiled to the world in April of this year, and it is now scheduled to arrive in our market in January of next year.
The Kodiaq will return to Skoda's lineup in India after nearly two years of absence following the company's decision to cease its diesel products in the nation as a result of the country's shift to BS6 emission standards.
What to expect from the Skoda Kodiaq?
- The grille, headlamps, and bumpers have all been updated in terms of exterior design.
- A virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster is expected to be installed in the interior.
- The vehicle will be equipped with a single 2.0-liter TSI engine producing 190 horsepower.
The significant external makeover of Skoda Kodiaq
The styling modifications to the Skoda Kodiaq facelift are extremely minor, and it may take more than a cursory scan to see any distinctions between the two vehicles.
At the front, the Skoda Kodiaq gets a new, more upright grille, a raised bonnet, updated headlights with new LED Daytime Running Lamp signatures, and a slightly reworked front bumper, among other changes.
Similarly, a set of updated LED tail lamps and a revamped bumper are included at the rear. In India, it is possible that the Skoda Kodiaq Facelift 2022 will be equipped with a new set of wheels.
Updated features and Interior of the Skoda Kodiaq facelift
Despite significant changes from the previous model year, the interior of the Skoda Kodiaq is essentially unchanged from its predecessor, with the exception of the addition of a new two-spoke steering wheel, which is also used on other Skoda models such as the Superb, Octavia, and Kushaq.
Other adjustments to the upholstery and trim pieces may also be made in the near future. The Skoda Kodiaq is a 7 Seater Vehicle so it will continue to be offered with three rows of seating, just as it has been in the past.
From a feature standpoint, the Skoda Kodiaq facelift 2022 model expected to be offered in India will include everything that the previous model had, including an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 10.25-inch virtual cockpit instrument cluster, ambient lighting, three-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, hands-free parking, front and rear parking sensors, nine airbags, and more.
Globally, the Skoda Kodiaq facelift is also equipped with a larger 9.2-inch infotainment screen as an optional extra, though it is unclear whether this would be available on the Indian-spec vehicle.
Engine and transmission upgrades for the Skoda Kodiaq facelift
The most significant change to the Skoda Kodiaq makeover in India will be to the technology found under the hood. Unlike the previous model, which was exclusively powered by a single 150hp, 2.0-liter diesel engine, the new Skoda Kodiaq will only be available with a petrol engine as an option.
An inline four-cylinder engine with 190 horsepower and 320 Newton-meters of peak torque will power the vehicle. In fact, this is the same engine that is available on the Octavia and the Superb, among other vehicles. As previously stated, the engine will be coupled to a 7-speed automated transmission, with all-wheel drive as standard equipment.
Who are the competitors and what is the estimated price of Skoda Kodiaq?
Due to the fact that it is a petrol-powered, three-row monocoque SUV, the Skoda Kodiaq will not have a direct competitor in the market at launch, at least not until the Jeep Meridian three-row or 7 Seater SUV arrives in India.
However, it might be compared to other high-end SUVs, such as the recently announced Volkswagen Tiguan and the Citroen C5 Aircross, which are also available in Europe. A price of roughly Rs 38 lakh (ex-showroom) is estimated to be charged for the redesigned Skoda Kodiaq in India.
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