While the initials do reference the company’s founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, the new Kodiaq L&K falls squarely in the premium modern category, just like the eponymous Superb and Octavia versions that are already on sale.
The largest sport utility vehicle in the Mladá Boleslav manufacturer’s offer is set to travel to posh Switzerland in order to grace the worldwide audience of the Geneva Motor Show with the presence of its flagship version. As expected, the amped up Kodiaq L&K sports some distinguishing elements – such as the chrome grille and reworked rear bumper that’s now home to new (fake) exhaust tips with metallic accents. Naturally, the L&K gets appropriate “Laurin & Klement” badges on the front fenders, along with full-LED headlights and new 19-inch alloy wheels.
Moving inside the spacious cabin, the future customers will find a leather-wrapped steering wheel in either black or beige, along with “Laurin & Klement” logos on the seats, dashboard, and also on the infotainment’s home screen. The black piano lacquer accents and a suite of standard perks are further enticing people to pay the associated premium: Canton sound system, LED ambient lighting, aluminum pedals, electrically adjustable driver’s seat (with memory function), rain sensor, and even Kodiaq-inscribed door sills. Volkswagen Group’s new 1.5-liter TSI with 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts) is also available from now on the Kodiaq, while the 2.0 TSI has received a power infusion from 180 hp (132 kW) to 190 hp (140 kW) – and both engines now feature a particulate filter to lower emissions.
Go for diesel and the Kodiaq L&K can be had either with a 2.0 TDI rated at 150 hp (110 kW) or 190 hp (140 kW). When selecting the higher-powered versions of either the petrol or diesel engines, all-wheel drive becomes standard instead of optional like on the base variants – and customers can also spec up for the first time an adaptive chassis control, which is of course an optional equipment. The new Kodiaq L&K will share the spotlight in the Skoda booth at the Geneva Motor Show with the mildly facelifted Fabia subcompact.