Skoda Auto India launched the much awaited Kodiaq Scout in India today at an introductory price of INR 33.99 lacs ex-showroom.
What makes Scout stand out than the regular Kodiaq is the distinctive Scout badge, dual tone Anthracite R 18 inch alloy wheels, premium black interiors on the inside with Alcantara leather and wooden décor accentuate the overall premium feel in the cabin.
We had a close look at this SUV at the launch event and here are key differences between the regular Skoda Kodiaq and the Scout version of it.
On the exteriors, the Kodiaq Scout is the first product in India to bear SKODA in block lettering on the tailgate, the aluminium finished skid plates on the front and rear added, enhanced visual feel of off-roading. The Skoda Kodiaq Scout inherits the signature contoured body of the Kodiaq, and arms it with dynamic details. The fascia is dominated by distinctive chrome surround on the radiator grille, and the front bumper with silver-coloured spoiler emphasise the off-road capabilities of the Kodiaq Scout. The characteristic LED headlamps with illuminated 'eyelashes' of the Kodiaq finds its way inside the SCOUT, too. The location of the sharply drawn fog lamps at the height of the grille, protected from damage, clearly shows the off-road ambitions of the latest offering from the Czech marquee
On the inside, the all-new Kodiaq Scout gets brushed wooden décor. The decorative elements are black and gracefully complemented by chrome highlights. Elegant touches such as the Scout logo on the black Alcantara® leather upholstery, and the infotainment system home screen, are eye-catching and appreciated details. The LED ambient lighting, running along the inside of the Kodiaq Scout, offers ten appealing colour options.
The state-of-the-art 20.32 cm capacitive touch display features a glass design and is a part of the new generation Amundsen Infotainment and Navigation System developed by Skoda. The SmartLink+™ all-in-one technology integrates SmartGate™, alongside Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink™, as standard. The premium Canton Sound System features 10 speakers, including subwoofer, and has a power output of 575 watts. New age connectivity solutions along with BossConnect™, integrated with the Skoda Media Command App, help occupants control functions like navigation, entertainment, and assistance, from the comfort of the back seat.
The Three-Zone Climatronic air conditioning system enables different temperatures to be set for the driver, front and rear passengers. It is also fitted with a humidity sensor, which reduces windscreen misting, and a sun sensor. The Boarding Spots, designated to illuminate the entry area, are located on the external side-view mirrors.
On the Engine and Gearbox side, the Kodiaq Scout, continues to get the same 2.0 Tdi engine from the regular Kodiaq, pumping out 150 PS of power and 340 NM of Torque, and mated to same 7 speed DSG Gearbox. So we don’t expect any significant difference in the performance over the regular Kodiaq.
What additionally the Scout gets now over the regular Kodiaq is an off-road mode, Hill Hold and Descent Control, EDS, which was missing in the Kodiaq, while the Kodiaq came with standard 4x4 telematics. Skoda claims that this makes the Scout an able adventurer. This off-road mode system, operates at speeds of up to 30 km/h, one can handle extreme terrains. It is designed to adjust the characteristics of the engine, electronic assistants, and stability control systems. The activated functions, which includes the steering wheel angle, the compass, the altimeter, and the oil and coolant temperature, are shown on the infotainment display.
Should you decide to go extreme off-roading and to increase the degree of chassis protection, the vehicle is fitted with the Rough Road Package, taking the form of additional protection for the engine bay, oil sump, gearbox, rear suspension, lateral arms, and brake hoses.
The Skoda Kodiaq Scout then, sits smartly between the top of the line L&K Variant and the Style Variant, thereby increasing the options to the end customers. At an introductory price of INR 39.99 lacs, should you buy it then? Well, we will let you know when we get our hands on the SUV for the full blown review soon. But if you are looking for an SUV which can carry 7 occupants, is as huge as the Audi Q5, but is priced exactly at half, and now can go mild-off roading, the Skoda Kodiaq Scout, builds a good case for itself.