Mumbai: To boost sales of its premium cars, Skoda Auto India on Monday launched the Scout variant of its Kodiaq sports utility vehicle (SUV) with an ex-showroom price tag of ₹33.99 lakhs.
The Volkswagen-owned Czech carmaker had first launched the Kodiaq range in India in 2017 and had forayed into the full-sized SUV segment. Riding on the demand for premium SUVs, it has sold more than 4,000 units of Kodiaq range since then.
Without disclosing the anticipated retail sales in the coming months, Zac Hollis, director, sales, service and marketing, Skoda Auto India said the new Scout model is expected to garner about 25% of all sales of the Kodiaq SUV range.
The Kodiaq Scout, like other variants, remains a completely knocked down (CKD) model, imported as CKD unit from Europe and assembled at Skoda Auto India owned assembly plant in Aurangabad.
The Kodiaq Scout is powered by 2 liter TDI diesel engine that generates 150PS of power and 340Nm of peak torque. The company claims that the Scout variant delivers a fuel efficiency of 16 km per liter (under ideal conditions) and a top speed of 194 km per liter. The Scout is also the only variant within the Kodiaq family of SUVs which gets a standard 4X4 or all-wheel drive system for off-road terrains.
The premium SUV offers 5 driving modes — eco, normal, sport, snow and off-road for good handling under varied driving conditions. It also comes with several safety features, including 9 airbags, driver fatigue alert system, electronic stability control, electronic brake force distribution (EBD), multi collision brake (MCB), among others.
Skoda is also offering Shield Plus as standard package, which, it says, gives six years of hassle-free ownership experience. It includes motor insurance, 24X7 road side assistance and an extended warranty.