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Skoda Kodiaq turbo petrol launch pushed to early 2021

According to Zac Hollis, Director - Sales and Marketing, Skoda Auto India, the launch of the Kodiaq turbo petrol has been delayed, possibly due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was initially scheduled to go on sale this year, but the launch has now been pushed to early 2021.

Kodiaq was available with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that produced 148 BHP @ 3,500-4,000 rpm and 340 Nm of peak torque @ 1,750-3,000 rpm. This engine will be replaced with a BS6-compliant 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol unit producing 187 BHP @ 4,200 rpm and 320 Nm @ 1,500-4,100 rpm. It is the same powertrain that is available in the Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace and will be paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system.

The Kodiaq TSI is likely to get some updates including a digital instrument cluster and new touchscreen infotainment head-unit. The 7-seater SUV will also get a panoramic sunroof and automatic climate control among other features.

The Kodiaq TSI will be imported as a completely knocked down (CKD) unit. Skoda is also planning to introduce the Kodiaq RS in India, which is likely to come via the CBU route.

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