Skoda reveals details for Kodiaq SUV and Octavia RS in India

James Marshall
August 11, 2017

Skoda officials confirmed the arrival of Rapid Monte Carlo edition, Octavia RS and Kodiaq in 2017.

Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda Auto's Indian subsidiary Skoda Auto India Pvt Ltd kick started 2017 by launching Octavia Onyx edition in February.

Skoda KodiaqSkoda's all-new Kodiaq is a three-row SUV that is based on the Superb's underpinnings. All three models are slated to come to India this year. In terms of dimensions, the Kodiaq is broader (1,882mm) than the Fortuner (1,855mm) and has a bigger wheelbase (2,791 vs. Fortuner's 2,745mm) too.

The auto is built on Volkswagen's MQB platform. Yes, the Octavia RS is coming to India, but Skoda has not revealed the launch date yet. On the other hand, Kodiaq is the flagship SUV of the brand. The report points out that India is only expected to have the 2.0-litre diesel engine with 7-speed DSG transmission variant. 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.

The Rapid Monte Carlo Edition pays homage to Skoda's racing heritage and comes with major cosmetic add-ons. The vehicle also has a variety of driver assistance systems and latest Skoda infotainment systems as well. Launched globally in 2015, the Monte Carlo edition gets blacked out front grille, roof, alloy wheels, boot lid spoiler, wing mirrors, bumper and side skirts.

Mechanically, the Rapid is expected to remain the same and continue with the 110hp, 1.5-litre unit that made its debut on the Ameo.

The Skoda Octavia RS has a 2.0-litre, 230PS petrol and a 2.0-litre, 184PS diesel engine in its global lineup. Indian markets will have access to the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engine, with a 6-speed transmission gearbox.

On the inside, the Monte Carlo will come with faux-carbon fibre trim on the dashboard, a flat-bottom steering wheel, mobile holder and upholstery with red stitching on the gear knob and aluminium sports pedals.

In addition to the three launches, Skoda, in a bid to make its aftersales and service process more transparent, has announced new service initiatives that can be used by customers via the new MySkoda app.

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