The facelifted Kodiaq will be a petrol-only SUV that comes standard with all-wheel drive.
In India, the Skoda Kodiaq facelift will be launched on January 10th. Unofficial reservations for the facelifted Kodiaq have already begun at a few Skoda dealerships, with deliveries set to begin on January 14. The Kodiaq is making a comeback in our market after a nearly two-year hiatus, when it was phased out in April 2020 due to Skoda’s decision to phase out its diesel line-up as part of the BS6 transition.
In April, the Kodiaq received a mid-life facelift that included updated styling, more technology, and, most importantly, a change of heart.
The new Kodiaq features a revised grille, new headlamps, and new bumpers.
Virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster is likely to be installed in the interior.
A single 190hp 2.0-litre TSI engine will power the Kodiaq facelift.
Exterior design of the Skoda Kodiaq
The new Kodiaq’s cosmetic updates are minimal, given that it’s only a mid-life facelift. The Kodiaq gets a new, more upright grille, a raised bonnet, revised headlamps with new LED Daytime Running Lamp signatures, and a slightly revised front bumper up front. The taillights and bumper have also been tweaked slightly at the back.
There are no changes to the SUV’s profile, though the alloy wheels are expected to be redesigned. Skoda is also expected to bring the Kodiaq Sportline trim this time, which features several blacked-out elements in place of the standard car’s chrome trims. In India, the Superb is subjected to a similar treatment.
Interior and features of the new Skoda Kodiaq
On the inside, the dashboard’s basic layout and design are similar to the pre-facelift model. Skoda’s new two-spoke steering wheel, which is now standard on all Skoda models, including the Superb, Octavia, Kushaq, and the upcoming Slavia, could be a notable update. Other changes to the upholstery and trim elements are possible. The Kodiaq will be available with three rows of seating as before. All-black interiors are a possibility for the Sportline model.
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Like its predecessor, the new Kodiaq is expected to be well-equipped in terms of features. That means it’ll keep its 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 10.25-inch virtual cockpit instrument cluster, ambient lighting, three-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, hands-free parking, front and rear parking sensors, nine airbags, and other features. A larger 9.2-inch infotainment screen is available as an optional extra on the global Kodiaq facelift, but it’s unclear whether it will be available on the India-spec model.
Facelift for the Skoda Kodiaq: engine and transmission
The Kodiaq facelift’s most notable update is its change of heart. The pre-facelift Kodiaq had only a single 150hp 2.0-litre diesel engine, but the new Kodiaq will also be petrol-powered, in keeping with Skoda’s petrol-only lineup. The Kodiaq will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that produces 190 horsepower and 320 Nm. This engine is already familiar to us, as it is available on both the Superb and the Octavia. The engine will be mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive will be standard.
Facelifted Skoda Kodiaq: Price and Competitors
Because it’s a three-row monocoque SUV with a petrol engine, the Skoda Kodiaq won’t have a direct competitor in the market until the three-row Jeep Meridian arrives later next year. It could, however, be compared to other high-end SUVs like the recently released Volkswagen Tiguan facelift and the diesel-powered Citroen C5 Aircross. Expect a price increase as well, with units costing upwards of Rs 35 lakh (ex-showroom).