Check out this handsome-looking Skoda Kodiaq from Russia, which wears a set of Airlift suspension on all four wheels
Air suspension kits are quite a popular aftermarket fitment among auto enthusiasts for various reasons. The list of advantages of air suspension includes better ride quality, reduced NVH, and improved tyre life. Some air suspension kits also offer the ability to alter a car’s ride height (ground clearance), which is quite a practical feature, apart from being a cool party trick.
Here, we have a Skoda Kodiaq with an air suspension kit from Airlift, but this car isn’t from India, it’s from Russia! The images we see here were posted by Rustam Gabzhamilov, on the Facebook page of ‘Skoda Owners Club of India’. In these pictures, we can see the difference between the highest level and the lowest level of the suspension, which is stated to be around 17 cm or 6.7 inches.
At the lowest position, the Kodiaq looks like a slammed wagon, and quite an impressive one at that! At the highest position, the car feels a bit under-tyred, due to all the empty space in the wheel arches. Still, the benefits in terms of improved ground clearance are many, especially off the road.
There are plenty of differences between the Russia-spec Skoda Kodiaq and the Indian version. The Russian model comes with three engine options – a 1.4-litre TSI petrol, a 2.0-litre TSI petrol, and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel. The 1.4L TSI is available in two states of tune, 125 hp/200 Nm and 150 hp/250 Nm. As for the 2.0L TSI petrol motor, it generates 180 hp/320 Nm, while the 2.0L TDI diesel mill churns out 150 hp/340 Nm.
The transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed DSG for the petrol variants, and a 7-speed DSG for the diesel models. The car is available in a front-wheel-drive format with the weaker petrol engine, while the rest of the range offers a four-wheel-drive system as standard.
In India, the Skoda Kodiaq is yet to be launched in its BS6 avatar. It is expected to be powered by a 2.0 TSI engine with 190 hp and 320 Nm on tap, which will be paired to a 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch automatic). Previously, the car was available with a 2.0-litre TDI engine, which used to generate 150 hp and 340 Nm.