Skoda Kodiaq Petrol Soon, Go-Fast RS Version Also Expected

  • Apr 29, 2019

Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda is all set to launch a petrol version of its flagship sports utility vehicle (SUV) Kodiaq in India. Skoda Auto India director (sales, service, and marketing), Zac Hollis, informed the media that the new Kodiaq is likely to be introduced next year.

The Skoda Kodiaq is available globally in the turbocharged, 4-cylinder 2.0-litre and 1.5-litre TSI petrol versions.

Industry experts believe that the 1.5-litre petrol engine makes better sense for the Indian market since it can also haul other Skoda, Audi, and Volkswagen cars. The engine, in terms of power, has the same output as the existing diesel unit. The petrol motor uses active cylinder management technology. It shuts down two cylinders during medium and low loads to reduce fuel consumption. That aside, it will also help the Volkswagen-owned company offer more reasonably priced Skoda cars. The Skoda Kodiaq petrol, when launched in India, is likely to be priced at around ₹30 lakh.

However, should Skoda introduce the 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine instead, the car could be priced at par with the diesel version and will make the SUV an even better premium proposition.

Hollis also disclosed that Skoda has plans to introduce the Kodiaq RS (go-fast) version in India. It’s one of the fastest seven-seat SUVs in the world.

The Kodiaq go-fast version is hauled by a 2.0-litre motor that produces 240PS maximum power and 500Nm peak torque. The bi-turbo engine allows the car to sprint from 0-100kmph in less than seven seconds. Skoda claims that the vehicle can attain a top speed of 221kmph while returning fuel efficiency of 15.6kmpl. The Skoda Kodiaq go-fast, when introduced in India, is expected to be priced at around INR40 lakh.

Skoda, meanwhile, is all set to launch its ‘India 2.0’ plan by introducing a locally manufactured SUV based on the Kamiq. The car is expected to be launched next year along with the Skoda Karoq.


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