Skoda has revealed the second design trim of its flagship Kodiaq SUV ahead of its official showcase at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. Skoda had earlier showcased the rugged-looking Scout trim of the Kodiaq which will also debut at Geneva. While the Kodiaq Scout looks tough and rugged, the Kodiaq Sportline is elegant yet sporty.
The sporty look of the Kodiaq Sportline is enhanced thanks to the addition of various black-themed features. These include the grille, roof rails, ORVM covers and window trim. Other design highlights include a small model designation badge on the front fender, 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch alloy wheels are optional extras), and a slim chrome trim on the rear bumper.
Inside, the Skoda Kodiaq Sportline is equipped with Alcantara covers with silver stitching for the sports seats, leather covers for the multifunction steering wheel and gearstick and aluminium pedals. Also available is an infotainment system which includes special screens for displaying G-force, turbocharging pressure, current engine output, oil and coolant temperature. The Kodiaq Sportline is equipped with the following as standard - ORVMs which can be electronically adjusted, folded, dim automatically and with memory function, boarding lights on the ORVMs, IRVM with rain sensor and auto-dimming, MID, LED ambient lighting, Kodiaq logo in the door sills, Alcantara decorative inserts and floor mats with silver-coloured stitching.
The Driving Mode Select function is offered as standard. Six selectable modes are available - Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual, Comfort, Snow - which change the characteristics of the engine, transmission, power steering and air conditioning.
The Kodiaq Sportline has four engine choices - two petrol and two diesel. The 1.4-litre TSI motor develops 150PS of maximum power while the 2.0-litre TSI motor develops 180PS of maximum power. The 2.0-litre TDI motor is available in two states of tune - one developing 150PS of maximum power, while the other develops 190PS of maximum power.
Power is sent to all wheels via an intelligent AWD system, which is offered as standard on the Skoda Kodiaq Sportline. Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control with electronically adjustable dampers is available as an option.
Safety systems available as standard include - trailer assist, blind spot detection, rear traffic alert, crew protection assist, city emergency brake and pedestrian protection system. The rear view display has a virtual top-down display which makes parking easier.
Prices and availability of the Kodiaq Sportline will be revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Meanwhile, you can check out our first drive review of the SUV here.
The Kodiaq offers the practicality of a seven-seat SUV wrapped up in traditional Skoda values. It is a package that in SUV-hungry and style-conscious India could push aside any concerns regarding owning a Skoda. Is it really that good?
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