The Czech automobile manufacturer, Skoda, has officially launched the all-new 2018 Kodiaq Laurin & Klement (L&K) SUV in India. The L&K is the range-topping variant of the popular Skoda Kodiaq SUV and comes with a range of advanced features, including a 360-degree surround view system and all-digital Virtual Cockpit system. It will cost Rs 35.99 lakh (ex-showroom) in the Indian market.
The Kodiaq L&K is arguably the most advanced variant of the SUV. It has been named Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, who were the actual founders of the company.
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The new car has been remodelled both in terms of design and mechanical features. The exterior of the 2018 Kodiaq sports ‘Laurin & Klement’ marking on the front fenders, more chrome finishing on the front grille and rear duct, and silver roof rails.
The major upgrade on the interior is the addition of a Virtual Cockpit system, making the Kodiaq L&K the first Skoda car in India to get one. Besides that, there is a large digital screen, which works as a navigation display and also shows speed and driving range of the car. The model has also been integrated with a 360-degree surround view system, which works through four wide-angle cameras mounted at the back, front and on the ORVMs. Other interior changes include a piano black interior trim, aluminium pedals and L&K logos stitching on the seats.
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On the power front, the new L&K variant gets a 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is identical to the standard variants, giving 150hp power and 340Nm of peak torque. The engine has been attached to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The 2018 Kodiaq L&K has already been launched in India and will start selling soon at an introductory price of Rs 35.99 lakh, which is about 2 lakh higher than the standard model.