Although originally destined for China, a positive European reaction will likely bring the model to multiple markets
Jim Holder
6 November 2017

Demand for the Skoda Kodiaq Coupé is exceeding expectations – but manufacturing constraints could still delay the car’s launch outside China. 

The Kodiaq Coupé was conceived as a car for the Chinese market and will launch there in 2018. However, the positive reaction to the idea of its styling in Europe and other markets means it will likely become available there when supply allows. 

Recently leaked product plan slides show the car's name as being the Kodiaq GT, reflecting the more sporting appeal of the model.

“Customers have expressed plenty of interest,” said Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier. “Worldwide production is part of the equation, though – we expect the group to find some capacity this year, but it is still under discussion.” 

The Kodiaq GT is seen as a crucial test bed for Skoda’s brand strength, as it will likely push transaction prices to its highest point yet. If it reaches Europe, it'll face in-house competition from an upcoming Seat coupé SUV, due to arrive in 2020 as one of the first models launched under what will then be a stand-alone Cupra brand.

These will be among the first larger coupé SUVs outside of the premium segment. BMW sparked the niche in 2008 with the X6, and it has since spread across the premium segment, with rivals from Mercedes-Benz, and upcoming entries from Audi

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6 November 2017

X6 - you have a lot to answer for. All these 'coupes' are hideous in concept and execution.

6 November 2017
scrap wrote:

X6 - you have a lot to answer for. All these 'coupes' are hideous in concept and execution.

The word "coupé" has become meaningless in the modern car industry, where any fat, heavy, tall SUV with a slowping roofline is given the name.

Citroëniste.

6 November 2017
Bob Cholmondeley wrote:

scrap wrote:

X6 - you have a lot to answer for. All these 'coupes' are hideous in concept and execution.

The word "coupé" has become meaningless in the modern car industry, where any fat, heavy, tall SUV with a slowping roofline is given the name.

Why is there STILL no editing facilty on this site?

Citroëniste.

6 November 2017

I'm on my 3rd Skoda, good, functional and reliable, low key and classless. This vehicle is attempting to join the pseudo premium brigade that clashes with what Skoda represent, it blends the two into blandness, people who are attracted to this type of vehicle are usually shallow enough to want a premium badge so won't buy it. I have had conversations with Audi owners who refuse to believe that the mechanicals of my Octavia Scout are identical to their £10K premium offering, even down to me flipping the bonnet to reveal VAG stamps everywhere. Skoda to not need to immitate BMW.

JJ BLADE

TBC

6 November 2017

Although I agree that Skoda has built its reputation over the last two decades based on value for money and reliability. As this model was designed exclusively for the Chinese market, where I guess it will sell extermely well. If people in Europe also want to buy it, wouldn't it be crazy for Skoda to decline. As for the style, there are many top selling cars that make no real practical sense, but that doesn't stop people buying them. Will this damage Skoda's reputation? Personally, I doubt it..............

6 November 2017

I like the idea of a coupé version and would fit in with what I would look for in my next car. Skoda are still good value but clearly not a budget marque , leave that to Dacia . Looking forward to seeing the Euro version . Clever marketing and good to see Skoda are keeping up with filling those market niches 

6 November 2017

That is a profile that only a mother could love. I assume there is an angle from which it might be acceptable, however previous experience would indicate, ugliness is a precondition of SUV success.

6 November 2017

This is where Skoda loses it's core values, the very values that has made it so popular.  It will be a sad day when this is released.

6 November 2017

... in trainers. FFS!!

 

 

You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!

7 November 2017

I don't think it looks too bad, not a coupe more a large hatch like an octavia, infact it would look better lowered to octavia height and then it would be a nice looking octavia replacement when due.

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