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Skoda's new Chinese flagship mixes SUV practicality with coupe style, and will be offered with choice of two engines

Skoda has revealed the new Skoda Kodiaq GT, the brand’s first SUV-coupé that will serve as its flagship model in China.

The GT is based on the existing five-door Kodiaq, which is already built in China for the domestic market alongside the Kamiq and Karoq SUVs. Although it shares its front end with the regular Kodiaq, the GT loses the third-row seating option and has a sloping roofline that leads to a squat rear end.

The Kodiaq GT, which was revealed at this week's Guangzhou motor show, will be built and – for now – exclusively sold in China. It will be in dealerships there before the end of the year, manufactured as part of a joint venture between local car maker SAIC and Skoda.

Matching a design trend that will be seen on the upcoming Scala family hatchback, the Kodiaq GT features the Skoda name in letters on the bootlid, rather than the firm’s logo.

The Kodiaq GT will be offered with a choice of 184bhp and 217bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engines, with front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive respectively. The more powerful engine also features a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

While the Kodiaq GT is currently only intended for the Chinese market, the firm is understood to be keen to offer it elsewhere following a positive reception. However, Skoda is currently running at production capacity in Europe and has nowhere to build it, delaying a potential introduction. 

Previously released shots of the interior can be seen to share much with the regular Kodiaq, but with a sportier seat design to reflect a more athletic identity.

The Kodiaq GT will look to replicate the success premium brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz have had with SUV-coupés, with the BMW X4 and BMW X6, as well as the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé and GLE Coupé.

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Skoda will look to achieve that at a lower price point, and is the latest car maker to offer an SUV-coupé in emerging markets soon after Renault revealed the Arkana for sale in Russia.

Skoda has said the new model will be 4.6 metres long. Previous information revealed to Chinese media confirmed it to be 4634mm long, 1883mm wide and 1649mm high, making it 63mm shorter, 1mm wider and 27mm lower than the regular model. Prices are set to start at around CNY220,000 (around £24,500).

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artill 16 November 2018

Who are they kidding? Its not

Who are they kidding? Its not in the spirit of a coupe, what ever the real meaning of the term is. It IS better looking than the standard car, but cant they use some imagination and use a more appropriate term to describe it?

Bob Cat Brian 16 November 2018

artill wrote:

artill wrote:

Who are they kidding? Its not in the spirit of a coupe, what ever the real meaning of the term is. It IS better looking than the standard car, but cant they use some imagination and use a more appropriate term to describe it?

Hatchback perhaps? Standard SUVs tend to be 'estates' in profile, so surely 'hatchback' for more steeply raked rear endes would make sense. There's no prestige in that term though, so 'Coupe' it has to be. 

RSkoda 20 January 2019

artill wrote:

artill wrote:

Who are they kidding? Its not in the spirit of a coupe, what ever the real meaning of the term is. It IS better looking than the standard car, but cant they use some imagination and use a more appropriate term to describe it?

They did! It's actually called the Kodiaq GT.

Still more coupe-ish than the BMW 1 Series 'coupe' was for example, which was basically a three door saloon.

zzzzzz28 16 November 2018

They didn't make a mistake like BMW and Mercedes.

SUV-coupe is the biggest mistake in car history.
It is a wise judgment that they did not try to mimic BMW X6, and stayed "almost SUV".
Other car brands should make the same choices as they do.
michael knight 16 November 2018

Coupe? ahha..come on Skoda,

Coupe? ahha..come on Skoda, you're making a mockery of the name coupe. You really think that adding 5degrees to the rear end of a Kodiaq turns it into a sporting profile? marketing mugs.

FMS 16 November 2018

michael knight wrote:

michael knight wrote:

Coupe? ahha..come on Skoda, you're making a mockery of the name coupe. You really think that adding 5degrees to the rear end of a Kodiaq turns it into a sporting profile? marketing mugs.

 

You may end up eating humble pie and looking at a mug in the mirror, when this car does well.