The Kodiaq was first introduced in 2016 as the first model in Skoda’s SUV expansion and is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform which is also used by the Volkswagen Tiguan. Skoda brought the Kodiaq to India in 2017, but the SUV was discontinued before the BS6 standards went into effect in April 2020.
The Skoda Kodiaq has received a significant mid-life update. The three-row SUV now features new technology, fresh design, updated interiors, and more color options.
2021 Skoda Kodiaq: engine options
The Kodiaq will be presented on the international market with 1.5-litre TSI petrol engines developing 150hp and 190hp, and 2.0 TDI diesel engines producing 150hp and 200hp. The TSI will be offered with a front-wheel-drive and six-speed manual transmission. Although, all other models feature a seven-speed automatic transmission as standard, with the higher-powered petrol and diesel models featuring all-wheel-drive.
The Skoda Kodiaq RS borrows the 2.0-liter TSI from the Octavia RS producing around 245 hp.
2021 Skoda Kodiaq: interior and features
The interior has also been updated with new seat designs, including the choice of comfortable electrically adjustable leather seats. The mid-range variants can also be selected with “eco” seats that feature covers made from recycled plant materials.
The interior of the Kodiaq RS features red RS stitching on the upholstery and comes with Skoda’s Virtual Cockpit as standard. The 10.25-inch digital information display features an additional sporty design option, which emphasizes the speedometer and cycle counter. This digital display is an option on all trims, as is the new Canton Sound System with ten speakers and a trunk-mounted subwoofer. An 8-inch touchscreen remains standard, with a 9.2-inch version available as an option. There is also a refurbished LED ambient lighting.
2021 Skoda Kodiaq: exterior
The 2021 Kodiaq gets a more upright grille and other design traits including the elevated bonnet, revamped front and rear bumpers, and a revised headlight design, with LED Matrix items available for the first time.
S, SE, and SE L trims have a new aluminum effect detail on the front and rear apron, intended to give it more “off-road style”. A new rear spoiler has been added along with ‘fins’ on the sides of the rear windows to optimize aerodynamics and reduce CO2 emissions. The L&K and Sportline variants get a slightly different trim: the former has more chrome while the latter has blacked-out elements.
The Kodiaq RS features a gloss black grille, black window frames and roof rails, and a new custom front bumper. It also sits on new 20-inch alloy wheels with a metallic black finish.
Details about the price of the 2021 Skoda Kodiaq facelift will be out soon. However, we expect the price range between Rs. 30-38 lakh (ex-showroom).