Skoda has launched the new Scout variant of the Kodiaq SUV, with a few changes to the exterior and interior of the car, and an updated equipment list with features like offroad driving modes.
The Czech manufacturer Skoda has launched the new ‘Scout’ variant of its 7-seater mid-size SUV, Kodiaq. The Scout variant is positioned in between the top-spec L&K trim and the base-spec Style variant, which sell for a price tag of 36.78 Lacs and 32.99 Lacs respectively. The launch of Kodiaq Scouts is the reason, why Skoda slashed prices for the Kodiaq’s Style variant by 2.38 lacs recently, which now retails as the corporate edition for the same.
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The Scout variant sits in between the lesser Style and Higher L&K variants
The Kodiaq Scout sees a slew of changes on the outside, differentiating the car from the other two variants. To add an extra 8mm of length to the car’s length, Scout gets black plastic cladding with silver inserts on the lower portions of the front and rear bumpers. The other changes on the outside are a set of new 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, and Scout badging on front fenders and the tailgate. The lower portion of bumpers along with ORVM covers and roof rails are now finished in a silver metallic finish. The color palette for the Scout comprises of 4 different colors namely Quartz Grey, Magic Black, Moon White and Lava Blue (seen in the pics).
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The black garnishes with silver inserts seen on the bumper have increased the overall length of the car by 8mm.
The changes on the inside are far more evident than those on the outside. The interior gets a different trimming pattern this time, with the use of Alcantara all around. The door pads and dashboard gets wooden inserts that have Scout engraved on them. The space on the inside is similar to the other variants as it does not feature any changes to its architecture.
The Scout also gets a different feature list than the on-going variants. Though, the Scout’s is more in line with the top-spec L&K variant with the similar 9.2” touchscreen for the infotainment system which also offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support and comes paired to a 575W 10-speaker Canton system. The other features that are common between the two variants are the 9 airbags, ambient lighting, auto park assist, three-zone climate control, 12-way power adjust for the driver seat and a panoramic sunroof. The virtual cockpit and 360-degree camera from the L&K variant make way for the TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system) and offroad modes on the Scout.
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Apart from the Scout badging on the inside, the car also gets features like TPMS and off-road driving modes.
Powering the Scout is the same turbo-diesel power plant as the other two variants. The 2.0L spooled mill produces the same power figures of 150hp and 340Nm here too, which is sent to all-4 wheels with the help of a 7-speed DSG transmission, that is seen on other cars from the Volkswagen family.
With a price tag of 33.99 Lacs INR, the Scout is placed as a direct rival by Skoda to the other players in this very segment of sub-40 Lac rupee SUV space, shared by cars like Mitsubishi Outlander, Honda CR-V, and Volkswagen Tiguan.