The production version of Skoda's first SUV model will be available in the UK in early 2017 with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines
10 August 2016

The Skoda Kodiaq has been teased in official pictures and a video released by the manufacturer ahead of its debut on 1 September.

The Skoda Kodiaq has been officially revealed - get the full story here

The pictures show a glimpse of the front, rear, doors and wheels of the SUV, which will go on sale in early 2017 with a choice of five different engines, optional all-wheel drive and seven seats.

The Kodiaq has a wide grille as well as LED lights, and it comes with semi-autonomous features like 'Tow Assist' which helps with steering while pulling a trailer and reversing at low speeds.

A 178bhp 2.0 TSI petrol engine will top the range, while the 1.4 TSI will be offered with 123bhp or 148bhp outputs. The 2.0-litre diesel engine from the Skoda Superb will also be available, with either 148bhp or 187bhp.

There will be a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearboxes, and while front-wheel drive will be standard, all-wheel drive is available. An extra two seats in the third row can also be specified, and the manufacturer says the Kodiaq will have a 720-litre capacity boot, rising to 2065 litres with the rear seats down. Skoda claims the five-seat Kodiaq has the largest boot in its class.

It will get a touchscreen infotainment system which, depending on specification, can be used as a wi-fi hotspot featuring various mobile online services that allow passengers to browse the internet. It also has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, and an emergency call function will also be available.

We've driven a prototype version of the Kodiaq, and the car was spotted testing at the Nürburgring ahead of its official unveiling at the Paris motor show this autumn.

The SUV was previously teased in a pair of sketches, confirming that the production model's design will retain most of the look of the VisonS concept on which it is based.

It's clear that the Kodiaq development car has kept the VisionS's bulky wheel arches, although it does appear to have a slightly more slanted nose - perhaps to conform with pedestrian impact safety standards - and lightly reshaped headlights.

Name and design

The new model's name, Kodiaq, was confirmed earlier this year and comes from a species of Alaskan bear, although the spelling - kodiak - has been altered. Skoda says this is to make the name "more distinctive".

It was said from the start that the look of the VisionS concept would be toned down for production, but key elements, including the prominent front grille, are likely to remain relatively unchanged. The conceptual interior of the VisionS will be altered for the production model, though.

A plug-in hybrid model is also planned - although it won't be part of the launch range. Skoda will instead launch its first plug-in hybrid model as a variant of the Superb in around 2019.

Big seller

The new SUV is expected to become a big seller for Skoda, introducing new customers to the marque and paving the way for future SUV models. It will also introduce a fresh, more 'emotional' design language which will be seen on all the brand's future cars. It’s already known that a rakish five-door coupé-like SUV is planned following the initial Kodiaq launch, as well as a performance version with sportier styling, which could carry the vRS badge.

The SUV-coupé, a rival for the likes of the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupé, is currently only designated for China but is likely to also be sold in Europe. Another crossover-style car with "SUV elements" is also in development for the Chinese market, and will arrive in 2018. Skoda boss Bernhard Maier has previously said: “We might imagine there will be further models [in the SUV family]."

Beyond the launch of the SUV family, Skoda's Yeti will morph into a larger model with a more traditional SUV shape. Maier is promising more space than in the old car, and it's extremely likely that a hybrid variant will form part of the launch range. Skoda is also known to be working on a bespoke electric vehicle for launch in 2020/21, and although the shape of that model is currently undecided, an SUV or crossover body would appear to be a strong choice.

“We’ve seen for some time that the SUV segment has experienced the strongest growth in the market,” said Maier. “That was the reason for Skoda to decide to invest in this segment. There is already major demand for the Yeti, and we hear from existing customers and from those that want to be customers that they would like to see a Skoda SUV. We have additional ideas on top of this.”

Maier said that the traditional properties of an SUV – a raised seating position, clear visibility, storage space and practicality – fitted in well with Skoda’s brand values. He also confirmed that future Skoda models will feature a design language akin to that of the VisionS – a key driver in attracting younger customers to the brand.

Asked whether Skoda could explore additional larger or smaller models after the Kodiaq goes on sale, Maier said the decision would depend on "the demands of the market".

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16 March 2016

The front end looks like a character from Finding Nemo.

16 March 2016

...it was taken with fisheye lens?

26 March 2016

Looking forward to this new model. Skoda UK hit the top 10 brands for sales last month, so this should see the company further progress here. If it's as goos as the Superb, it'll be a winner that will steal sales from VW and Audi, as well as the boring Fords and vauxhalls and the nissan Squashed Cow.

12 April 2016

"Maier said that the traditional properties of an SUV – a raised seating position, clear visibility, storage space and practicality – fitted in well with Skoda’s brand values."

B.S! This should really read.... This is a cash cow we've been desperate to get to market for ages!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

12 April 2016

I'm all for platform sharing, but I think that they have actually used a new Tiguan on that stand with the black covering!

12 April 2016

"It will also introduce a fresh, more emotional design language" Presumably by looking like a bog standard SUV!

12 April 2016

I like it, and suspect it will sell by the bucket load, like the Octavia does.

12 April 2016

I'm no big fan of VW but driving a company Skoda makes me wonder whether any of the critics on here have ever been near one one, let alone driven one. £ for £ they are superb (pardon the pun!) value for money, we run a mix of Passats, Golfs & Octavias - you have to check the badge to guess the make! Same switchgear, Multimedia Console, trim etc.

As for SUVs, ever wonder why they build them? Well, f^^k me, it's because people want them. No doubt some Guardian reading ar*eh?le will tell us that the car manufacturers are "forcing" us to buy these monsters.. yeh right, gullible as f&^*, aren't we.

Sorry for ranting but really gets my back up when cretins on forums tell me what I can or cannot like because it doesn't fit with their highly valued opinion.

Sarky traffic cops before speed cameras were invented.......... "Having trouble taking off Wing Commander?"

A34

6 May 2016
kboothby wrote:

...As for SUVs, ever wonder why they build them? Well, f^^k me, it's because people want them. No doubt some Guardian reading ar*eh?le will tell us that the car manufacturers are "forcing" us to buy these monsters.. yeh right, gullible as f&^*, aren't we.

Best rant of the year! Well done.

TBC

8 May 2016

There are obviously two ways of viewing this, the customer and the manufacturer. For the customer, there may be a perception of safety, cars built to cross rugged terrain, should be able to withstand harsher treatment. Whether this is true, with regards to modern crossovers and car based SUVs is debateable. Certainly, the raised driving position allows a better view of the road ahead, allowing advanced warning of vehicles emergency breaking, etc. For manufacturers, economics dictate that they produce a model that meets current popular trends (they are, after all, in business to make money). So, why are people so surprised that another manufacturer is making an SUV?

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