After the Superb and Octavia, it’s now the Kodiaq’s turn to receive the posh L&K treatment bringing all the luxury the manufacturer from Mladá Boleslav can offer. Named after the company’s founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, the new range topper in the Kodiaq lineup can be visually distinguished thanks to its shiny chrome grille and a mildly updated rear bumper hosting a pair of (fake) exhaust tips with metallic accents.
Rounding off the changes on the outside are the 19-inch alloy wheels and the “Laurin & Klement” badges on the front fenders to further denote it’s not your ordinary Kodiaq. As standard, the model will get full-LED headlights as you would come to expect from the highest trim level available.
Inside the cabin, the leather-wrapped steering wheel can be had in either black or beige, and you’ll notice a bunch of “Laurin & Klement” logos on the seats, dashboard, and even on the infotainment’s home screen. The black piano lacquer accents might look nice in the adjacent official image, but these surfaces are a real fingerprint magnet in real life and extremely prone to scratches in a short amount of time.
To make it worth your while, Skoda will throw in a generous array of standard equipment, including a Canton sound system, LED ambient lighting, aluminum pedals, and textile floor mats. The Kodiaq L&K also benefits from an electrically adjustable driver’s seat (with memory function), rain sensor, fancy door sills adorned with the “Kodiaq” lettering, and what seems to be an all-digital instrument cluster first seen on the Karoq and coming to the Octavia as well.
Underneath the hood, the smallest engine available is the Volkswagen Group’s new 1.5-liter TSI with 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts). Step up to the 2.0 TSI and Skoda will bump its output from the previous 180 hp (132 kW) to 190 hp (140 kW). These two gasoline engines benefit from a particulate filter to cut emissions.
With this being a big and heavy SUV, some will say that a diesel engine is more appropriate due to its additional torque at a low rpm range. The Kodiaq L&K will be offered with a 2.0 TDI rated at 150 hp (110 kW) and 190 hp (140 kW). Go for the top-spec gasoline or diesel engine and these come as standard with all-wheel drive, which will be optionally available on the lesser units. The all-paw Kodiaq models will have the additional advantage of being offered with adaptive chassis control, but it will cost you extra.
Skoda will bring the Kodiaq L&K next month at the Geneva Motor Show where it will share the spotlight with the facelifted Fabia.
Gallery: 2018 Skoda Kodiaq L&K
ŠKODA KODIAQ L&K: Top version of the large SUV celebrates world premiere in Geneva
ŠKODA KODIAQ L&K with individual design and extensive comfort features
› Four powerful petrol and diesel engines – including two new TSI engines – and 4×4 powertrain available
› Top version of the SUV comes with progressive power steering as standard
The launch of the ŠKODA KODIAQ L&K brings with it a new engine range for the brand's large SUV. The range now includes a 1.5-liter TSI engine providing 110 kW (150 hp), and the 2.0 TSI engine’s output has increased from 132 kW (180 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). The new petrol drivetrains feature particulate filters to reduce particulate emissions. This will be available for all equipment versions of the ŠKODA KODIAQ in the future. The latest generation 7-speed DSG for petrol engines and the 2.0 TDI engine with 110 kW (150 hp) are also making their debut. Another 2.0 TDI drive with 140 kW (190 hp) completes the engine range. The two strongest engines come with 4×4 drive as standard and is available as an option for the other two. The all-wheel-drive variants of the ŠKODA KODIAQ L&K also have Adaptive Chassis Control DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control) as an option.
Plenty of room for style, comfort and elegance
The ŠKODA KODIAQ L&K complements the outstanding qualities of the large SUV in terms of versatility and space with an elegantly stylish touch. It comes with 19-inch ‘Sirius’ alloy wheels, full LED headlights, a grille with vertical slats and chrome trim as standard. The front wheel arches feature badges with the words ‘Laurin & Klement’.
The appearance of the interior is enhanced with a three-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel, optionally available in black or beige leather trim. A subtle ‘Laurin & Klement’ logo can be found on the seats as well as on the trim strips of the instrument panel, which features in black piano lacquer accents. The logo can also be seen on the home screen of the infotainment system. The standard equipment also includes an electrically adjustable driver's seat including memory function, door sills, which bear the ‘KODIAQ’ model logo, aluminium pedals, textile floor mats, a rain sensor, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, ambient lighting and the CANTON sound system.