Skoda unveils SUV Kodiaq and Octavia RS for Indian roads

The new Octavia will not only be cosmetically enhanced but also boast more power

Skoda has postponed its plans of launching the Kodiaq SUV in India in 2017. The auto comes in total 14 paint finishes - four standard and 10 metallic colour options; five engines- two diesel and three petrol; and three transmission-6-speed manual, 6-speed direct-shift gearbox (DSG) and 7-speed DGS.

Skoda has announced details of its upcoming new launches - the Octavia RS, Rapid Monte Carlo and Kodiaq - for the Indian market. On the other hand, Kodiaq is the flagship SUV of the brand. The company claims that if all seven seats are folded, the vehicle offers a boot capacity of a whopping 2,065 litres. SE Tech, which includes navigation and full-LED headlights, is likely to be the big fleet seller, while those with more flexibility can opt into luxurious Laurin & Klement, sporty petrol or diesel vRS and off-road-tuned Scout.

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We don't know the reasons, but Skoda officials say that the Kodiaq is now expected to hit the showrooms anywhere around Feb-March 2018.

At its core, the line-up has hardly changed, with 113bhp 1.6-litre and 148bhp 2.0-litre diesels, and equivalent petrol engines notable because they offer near-identical Carbon dioxide emissions. An updated suspension setup will also be part of the package. It will also sport LED headlamps with DRLs (daytime running lights), tail lamps, fog lamps, steel exhaust tips and a tailgate spoiler. Safety will be covered by nine airbags, ESP and a park-assist system. Skoda Kodiaq has similar underpinnings to Superb and Octavia, the Czech company's other two models. This means it will get a red exterior shade, an all-black interior, grille and wing mirrors, along with 16-inch alloy wheels and a tailgate spoiler, also in black.

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Under the bonnet, the Rapid is expected to carry forward the same 110hp 1.5-litre engine that is also found on the Ameo.

The vRS is all about the drivetrain and the India-spec auto will feature a 2-litre turbocharged petrol motor with 230bhp of power and 350Nm of torque, allowing this family sedan to accelerate from 0-100kmph in just 6.7 seconds. The petrol Rapid will also get an old-school six-speed torque converter automatic, while the diesel will make use of the high-tech seven-speed DSG unit. Yes, the Octavia RS is coming to India, but Skoda has not revealed the launch date yet.

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