Skoda Kodiaq Scout To Be Launched In Nepal By 2020

The wait is almost over as Skoda prepares to launch the Kodiaq Scout oncoming months in Nepal. Unlike the creature comfort-focussed L&K variant, the Scout is an off-road-focussed variant and comes with a host of enhancements. Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming SUV. 

1. Design: 

On the outside, it will get a variety of rugged cosmetic elements that include aggressive skid plates at the front and back, restyled alloy wheels that are likely to be 19-inch units and silver finish on the ORVMs, roof rails, and the grille surround. Going inside, the Kodiaq Scout is expected to sport black interior upholstery to withstand muck and dirt.

 2. Off-road Enhancements:

The various off-road-centric enhancements to the Kodiaq Scout will include a 6mm higher ground clearance at 194mm, and better approach and departure angles of 22.0 degrees and 23.1 degrees, respectively. The upcoming SUV will also get a more off-road-centric all-wheel-drive system with the addition of the ‘Off-Road’ drive mode. This mode adjusts throttle response and damper settings depending on driving conditions. Topping off the enhancements is full underbody protection to secure all the expensive hardware.

3. Features: 

With the Kodiaq Scout likely to sit at the higher end of the model lineup, expect features like a digital instrument display, panoramic sunroof, and ambient lighting. Other bits expected are a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Skoda Connect as well as ventilated seats. In its international-spec, the Skoda Kodiaq Scout also gets driver assistance systems like Trailer Assist and Blind Spot Detection. 

4. Engines:

The Kodiaq Scout is expected to retain the same 2.0-litre TDI engine as the road-biased variants. The Nepal-spec develops 150PS of power and 340Nm of peak torque mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission and all-wheel-drive. The international-spec, on the other hand, benefits from more engine options that consist of a 190PS 2.0-litre TDI engine, 150PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine or a 190PS 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine. 

5. Price & Rivals:

The regular Kodiaq variants are currently priced in the range from Rs 35.37 lakh to Rs 36.79 lakh in India and price is yet to be confirmed for Nepalese market. Since the Kodiaq Scout is positioned above the L&K variant globally, we expect it to come at a premium over the top-spec standard variant. Expect the rugged Kodiaq Scout to take on rivals like the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.

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