After months of anticipation, Skoda has officially unveiled the second-generation Kodiaq SUV, heralding its arrival in India in 2024. The latest iteration boasts an evolutionary exterior design and an entirely new cabin, which it shares with the upcoming new-generation Superb set to debut later this year.
Sleek exterior design
The global-spec Skoda Kodiaq retains the essence of its predecessor’s design but comes with subtle yet impactful changes. Notably, it has grown in length by 61mm, now measuring 4.75 meters, while maintaining its wheelbase and width at 2.71 meters and 1.8 meters, respectively.
The exterior upgrades include a redesigned Skoda grille, featuring an integrated LED strip, and new matrix LED headlights. The extended length is visible in the sleeker profile accentuated by the D-pillar’s stylish rake. Skoda has introduced evolved wheel designs, C-shaped taillights, an LED light bar, and a prominent ridge above the rear number plate slot. In essence, the Kodiaq has retained its substantial size while gaining a refreshed, more dynamic appearance.
The Kodiaq shares its cabin with the new-generation Superb, embracing a philosophy of minimalism with a clean and uncluttered layout. It features a two-spoke steering wheel akin to the Slavia and Kushaq models. Dual digital displays adorn the dashboard, with a 13.0-inch infotainment system complemented by a 10-inch virtual cockpit behind the steering wheel.
In India, the new Kodiaq will be exclusively available in the seven-seat configuration, enhancing its versatility. The feature list is enriched with ambient lighting, climate control, wireless charging, and ample storage options throughout the cabin. Skoda has adopted sustainable practices by incorporating natural wool and polyester instead of leather, showcasing their commitment to eco-friendly materials.
For the first time, the Skoda Kodiaq will offer a plug-in hybrid variant, known as the Kodiaq iV. Its battery promises an electric-only range of 100km and supports DC fast charging. While this hybrid may take some time to reach Indian shores, the domestic market will initially receive the Kodiaq with a robust 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine producing 200bhp and 320Nm of torque, paired with a seven-speed DCT and featuring AWD as standard. The new Kodiaq utilizes the MQB-EVO platform, aligning it with the recently launched new-gen Volkswagen Tiguan.
Coming soon to India
Indian SUV enthusiasts can look forward to the new-generation Kodiaq’s arrival in 2024. Skoda will assemble it alongside other models like the Skoda Octavia, Skoda Superb, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Tiguan AllSpace at its Aurangabad plant. This demonstrates Skoda’s commitment to the Indian market and positions the Kodiaq as a formidable competitor against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and MG Gloster.
The 2024 Skoda Kodiaq embodies Skoda’s dedication to innovation, performance, and sustainability. As it enters the Indian market, it aims to redefine the SUV segment with its evolutionary design, cutting-edge cabin, and powerful performance, setting new standards for SUV enthusiasts.