- The 2021 Skoda Kodiaq inculcates with new face that features the new robust grille along with updated design that adds subtleness to its aerodynamics.
- Impressed our critics with its bigger infotainment screen and new features.
The Skoda Kodiaq was globally launched in 2016 and returned with an updated version a year later in 2017. Since then, there have been many additions in its range that basically deals with new variants. No major changes were made on its design. Over last four years later, the carmaker finally decided to update the model on its looks and that goes even for the range-topping RS variant which could be considered for India this time around.
Since, Skoda Kodiaq is available in petrol version only, so only TSI powertrains are part of the range. There is the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TSI motor that puts out around 190 horses and then there is also the 1.5-litre TSI engine that belts out around 148 bhp.
On the other hand, the Skoda Kodiaq RS has done away with the twin-turbo mill and replicates the 2.0-litre TSI from the Octavia RS. All engines are also mated to a remapped seven-speed DSG (dual-clutch) transmission as standard and the new drivetrain makes the 2021 Kodiaq RS is about 60 kgs lighter than the outgoing model.
While talking about changes in its interiors, the cabin has been tweaked a bit to look a very familiar space. There are also optional ergonomic seats that is wrapped in perforated leather on offer. Hoping these make to the India-spec model as well.
Comfort keeping the top priority, it comes with massaging functions along with heating and electrical adjustment. Some variants are also available with eco seats made using recycled vegetable materials just like Skoda will offer on the kushaq. Another new addition is the two-spoke steering wheel we’ve seen on other Skoda models along with a new and more upmarket LED ambient lighting. There is an updated Canton sound system with ten speakers on offer with a trunk-mounted sub-woofer. Taking centre stage is the latest 9.2-inch touchscreen and a new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.
Last but not the least, the new protruding Skoda family grille will help you identify it as a 2021 model. With grille that fits the best in the Kodiaq when compared to the sedans like the new Octavia, there are other cosmetic updates that are both subtle and detailed.
The carmakers has revamped its hood and the headlights are much slimmer than before with the use of matrix LED technology. The changes help it make a bit more aerodynamically advanced than before courtesy the new bumpers and installing a new roof-mounted spoiler.
Moreover, a wide variety of alloy wheels ranging between 17 – 20 inches are available depending on the variant and even these wheels have been designed to reduce the drag. The sportier RS trim of course gets the largest 20-inch polished alloys finished in metallic black.