With the petrol-powered Skoda Kodiaq having arrived just over two months ago, Skoda has now completed the set with the addition of a diesel engine for its seven-seat SUV.
After a slow start in the fiercely competitive large SUV class (only the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, Haval H8 and H9 and out-of-production Toyota FJ Cruiser sold less) Skoda will be hoping the addition of a diesel option will help to kickstart sales.
Pricing for the Kodiaq 140TDI will start at $48,990 plus on-road costs, a $2700 premium compared to the 132TSI, and like its petrol-powered counterpart a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and all wheel drive are standard.
The 140TDI engine is the same as that found in the Skoda Superb, with 140kW of power and 400Nm of torque. Official fuel consumption is rated at 5.9 l/100km
New equipment will also arrive with the 140TDI, with the 132TSI getting upgraded at the same time to match. Extra goodies include a new 9.2-inch touchscreen replacing the previous 8.0-inch screen, DAB+ digital radio and a Sleep Pack that sees the rear seats fitted with adjustable headrests similar to those found on airplanes.
According to Skoda the Kodiaq 140TDI is set to reach Australian showrooms before Christmas this year.
Note: Kodiaq 132TSI shown.
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