Skoda Australia has given its Kodiaq large SUV a MY20 shake-up ahead of the twin-turbo diesel RS flagship’s arrival early next year, with turbo-petrol 132TSI variants up in price by $1900 in exchange for the standard fitment of a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster.
Now priced from $44,890 and $48,890 plus on-road costs respectively, the unnamed entry-level and mid-range Sportline grades are exclusively offered in 132TSI form and therefore motivated by a 132kW/320Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.
The two grades were available in turbo-diesel 140TDI guise, but it was withdrawn from sale prior to the well-documented introduction of the WLTP testing standard in Europe in September last year, which has caused ongoing homologation delays for several manufacturers.
A Skoda Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide that the company is still hoping to reintroduce the 140TDI option and its 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.
As such, only three Kodiaq variants are currently available, with the 132TSI and 132TSI Sportline to be joined in February by the $65,990 RS, which has a more potent 176kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder engine.
All three seven-seaters are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system.
Standard equipment in the 132TSI includes 19-inch Triglav alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, rear privacy glass, a 9.2-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Suedia leather-appointed upholstery, autonomous emergency braking, a reversing camera and tyre pressure monitoring.
The 132TSI Sportline adds 20-inch Vega alloy wheels, black exterior trim, a sports steering wheel with paddle-shifters, front sports seats and Alcantara and leather upholstery.
Asserting its flagship status, the RS also picks up 20-inch Xtreme alloy wheels, a bespoke body kit, carbon-look interior trim, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and traffic-jam assist.
2020 Skoda Kodiaq list pricing before on-road costs:
|132TSI – automatic||$44,890|
|132TSI Sportline – automatic||$48,890|
|RS – automatic||$65,990|