Skoda has been pretty silent so far this year. But soon, things are about to change as it will be launching the much awaited Kodiaq SUV and Octavia RS in September this year. The Skoda Kodiaq is the first 7-seater SUV from the brand and will be a direct rival to the Ford Endeavour and the Toyota Fortuner in India. A lot of people have been waiting for the Kodiaq to arrive as it is seriously loaded with features and has some off-road capability as well. The Octavia RS, on the other hand, has every driving enthusiast in the country excited as the much-awaited performance sedan finally makes a comeback.
The Skoda Kodiaq looks upmarket. It is an example of what Skoda does best – combine European build quality with stylish looks and premium features. In terms of size, the Kodiaq is a direct rival to the Hyundai Santa Fe. The length (4,700mm) and width (1,880mm) are the same as the Hyundai but the Kodiaq has a longer wheelbase by 90mm. In terms of height, it is lower than the Santa Fe. This makes the Kodiaq possess a more estate-like stance rather than an outright SUV. In India, the Kodiaq will be available with two engine options – a 180PS 2-litre petrol and a 150PS 2-litre turbodiesel. In terms of transmission, the Kodiaq will get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with a possible all-wheel drive setup. There are a lot of clever features in the Kodiaq as well.