Tech2 News StaffDec 13, 2021 12:13:11 IST
Production of the Skoda Kodiaq facelift began at the Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL) factory in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, ahead of the flagship SUV’s launch in January 2022. When the Skoda Kodiaq facelift made its world premiere in April, it was has been confirmed for launch in India in the third quarter (July-September) of this year. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to wreak havoc in India and other countries, the return of the Kodiaq has had to be postponed until the fourth quarter of 2021, and inevitably, early 2022.
The main exterior changes for the Skoda Kodiaq 2021 facelift are the redesigned and narrower headlights (with optional Matrix LED technology), a larger hexagonal grille, a reshaped bumper with a faux aluminum skid plate, new alloy rims (ranging from 17 – to 20 inches), a black roof-mounted spoiler with fins, tweaked LED taillights with a crystalline effect and a new rear bumper.
The interior of the Skoda Kodiaq facelift has minor changes but contains more equipment than before. In addition to inclusions such as contrast stitching on the dashboard, improved ambient lighting and new trim elements, the 2021 Skoda Kodiaq facelift – in premium L&K form – also receives electric ergonomic front seats, which are not only ventilated, but also have a massage function. Additionally, there’s now a Canton 10-speaker, 575-watt audio system, replacing the eight-speaker system found in the pre-facelift Kodiaq.
In India, the Skoda Kodiaq – which previously only sold with a diesel engine – will be a gasoline-only model when it returns, at least at launch. Under its hood will be the 190-horsepower 2.0-liter TSI engine, mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, which will send power to all four wheels. Skoda said it is still evaluating the feasibility of bringing diesel engines back for its larger vehicles to India, and the Kodiaq may still be a Skoda model to receive a diesel engine option in the future.
Prices for the Skoda Kodiaq facelift in India are expected to range from Rs 34-38 lakh (ex-showroom). The Kodiaq will be Skoda India’s first launch of 2022, and it will be followed by the arrival of the mid-size sedan Skoda Slavia, which will take on the Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
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