The Skoda Kodiaq TSI BS6 petrol was set to go on sale in India later this year as part of the brand ‘s five new and revised product launches in 2020. However, for some models, the coronavirus pandemic put things off the rail and postponed the launching proceedings. The new incident is the Skoda Kodiaq TSI diesel, which will now arrive in dealerships at the beginning of 2021.
Zac Hollis, Sales and Marketing Director, Skoda Auto India has confirmed the development while reacting to a Twitter user. The Kodiaq BS6, along with the next generation Octavia, is the second product launch to be moved to 2021.
The decision was most likely forced because of supply-chain problems, which due to the pandemic have impacted demand for the company globally. The Skoda Kodiaq TDI as its flagship SUV was a brisk seller for the brand and appreciated for a well-appointed and spacious interior.
The 2020 upgrade will not only bring the same design and functionality but also incorporate improvements such as the Virtual Cockpit instrument console and an improved infotainment touchscreen interface. The model already comes with a panoramic sunroof and a configuration of seven seats which makes it an extremely practical offering.
The Skoda Kodiaq BS6 will see the SUV move to a petrol powertrain from a diesel-only engine. The 2.0-liter TDI engine will be replaced by the latest 2.0-liter TSI turbo petrol engine which will also power the Skoda Superb in the company line-up.
The German version of the car, the Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace launched earlier this year, draws power from the same petrol engine as well. The engine produces 187 bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque on the Kodiaq TSI and will be paired with the automatic 7-speed DSG transmission.
In contrast, the Kodiaq diesel which produced 148 bhp and 340 Nm, the version of the petrol which gets a 39 bhp boost in power while the torque output is down by 20 Nm. The Skoda Kodiaq TSI will compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace, Honda CR-V, Toyota Fortuner, and even the BMW X1, all of which will get an automatic transmission petrol engine option.
For now, prices are still under wraps, but we expect the Skoda Kodiaq TSI to order between 30-35 lakh ( ex-showroom). Skoda India was also working on getting the Kodiaq RS with a reworked suspension, more power, and sportier cosmetic upgrades into the country.
The model will arrive as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) at Indian shores. The company, however, has yet to confirm any information about the launch timetable for the same, and is likely to be further delayed.