Skoda has announced that the top-of-the-line L&K variant of the Kodiaq will debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The L&K treatment to the flagship SUV adds cosmetic upgrades along with additional comfort features.
The L&K trim is named after the company's founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement. The Laurin & Klement badged vehicles have been the most sought-after variants from the Czech carmaker. The cosmetic upgrades include chrome treatment on the moustache grille, tweaked rear bumpers with chrome exhaust tips and stylish 19-inch Sirius wheels. The L&K trim also gets full-LED headlights as standard. The iconic ‘Laurin & Klement’ badges on the front fenders is a giveaway to the fact that this is not your ordinary Kodiaq.
On the inside, the cabin gets leather-wrapped steering wheel which can be had either in black or beige leather. The standard equipment includes an electrically adjustable driver's seat including memory function, door sills with Kodiaq insignia, aluminium foot pedals, textile floor mats, rain sensors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, ambient lighting and the Canton sound system. A Laurin & Klement logo can also be found on the seats as well as on the instrument panel, which features a black piano finish.
The Kodiaq L&K will be offered with three engine options. The 150bhp 1.5-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TSI with either 180bhp or 190bhp will be available with seven-speed DSG transmission. The 2.0-litre TDI producing 150bhp will make its debut and will sit alongside the 190bhp 2.0-litre TDI. Both the top-spec petrol and diesel motors will be offered with an all-wheel-drive as standard while other variants will get it as an optional extra. The 4x4 variants will have Adaptive Chassis Control as an option.
The new Kodiaq L&K will share the Geneva stage with the all-new Fabia. The Mladá Boleslav-based carmaker might also bring in the top-spec Kodiaq in India given that the SUV has garnered a good response in the Indian market; and the affinity of Indian car buyers to the L&K badges on the older Skodas.