It’s a new phase for Skoda as it moves forward with its new range. The first step in this direction is the new Kodiaq SUV which it unveiled on September 1 at a function in Berlin. It will be officially launched at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and go on sale from early 2017.
1. This new SUV was showcased as the Vision S concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and then made a production ready debut, albeit in camouflage, as the support vehicle for the 2016 Tour De France.
2. The design is a confluence of modern crossover with all the formal hallmarks of the Skoda design language like the grille, headlamps, tail lamps and creases on the bootlid. The bulky shape pays tribute to the animal it was named after.
3. It will be offered with three petrol engines in the range of 1.4-litre to 2.0-litres which have outputs in the range 125bhp to 180bhp. The diesel is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit and will be offered in the 150bhp and 190bhp state of tune.
4. The Kodiaq will debut a new seven-speed DSG for the Skoda range. This will be offered as standard along with AWD for the top-of-the-line petrol and diesel variants. The entry-level petrol can be had with a six-speed manual or the seven-speed DSG.
5. It is 4.69 metres long and has a wheelbase of 2.79 metres. These massive numbers means there is sufficient space all around as well as a massive boot of 720-litres which can be expanded to 2065-litres if the optional third row is folded down.
6. The cabin is massive and looks quite familiar due to many parts being lifted from the Skoda parts bin. Expect climate control, leather seats, touchscreen infotainment system and front electric seats as a part of the standard package across all variants.
7. The Kodiaq is coming to India and is expected to play a strong part in Skoda’s revised strategy for the country. We expect that they will locally assemble the car and offer all five engine options.