Skoda Kodiaq trim levels, engine range and gearbox options
The Kodiaq will be launched with a five-strong engine range and three trim levels, expected to be called S, SE and SE-L in the UK when specs are confirmed in late September 2016. Wheel sizes will range from 17in to 19in.
Two diesel engines and three petrols will be offered initially.
Both diesels are 2.0-litre units. The entry-level diesel produces 148bhp and 251lb ft of torque, and the more powerful engine 187bhp and 295lb ft. Skoda has released only select details, saying the entry-level unit officially averages 56.5mpg and emits 131g/km of CO2, and the more powerful diesel covers 0-62mph in 8.6sec and has a top speed of 130mph.
There are two 1.4-litre petrol engines and one 2.0-litre petrol. The entry-level engine produces 123bhp and 148lb ft of torque and averages 47.0mpg while emitting 140g/km of CO2. The more powerful 1.4-litre engine, which features fuel-saving active cylinder technology, has 148bhp and 184lb ft of torque.
The 2.0-litre petrol engine has 178bhp and 236lb ft of torque.
Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual gearbox or DSG semi-automatic gearboxes with six or seven speeds. The most powerful petrol and diesel engines can be coupled with only the seven-speed DSG gearbox and all-wheel drive. Gearbox options for other engines depend heavily on whether the buyer specifies four or front-wheel drive - with the option of either available on all but the smallest petrol engine.
DSG-equipped cars will have the option of Driving Mode Select, which allows the driver to toggle between Normal, Eco, Sport, Snow and Individual modes, all of which alter the DSG, engine, power steering and air-con settings. Additionally, Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control can be integrated with the system, adjusting the shock absorber settings in line with the selection of Comfort, Normal or Sport mode.
The Kodiaq also has an Off-Road mode, which modifies the chassis, engine and brake settings to cope with rough terrain and engages Hill Descent Assist on steep downward slopes.
Early indications are that the Kodiaq will be priced to significantly undercut rivals at every level. A top-end Laurin & Klement trim level is expected to be launched around the end of 2017.
Skoda Kodiaq interior and exterior
The Kodiaq’s styling is heavily influenced by the VisionS concept car shown earlier this year, with the interior in particular featuring several striking new design touches.
As standard, the Kodiaq gets a 6.5in touchscreen as standard, with Bluetooth and SmartLink, which supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, available as options.
Optionally, buyers can have an 8.0in touchscreen, which includes a function that records the driver’s voice and plays it back to the rear seats.
A top-spec system adds a sat-nav function to the 8.0in screen, plus off-road and parking camera aids.
A 64GB flash memory and DVD drive are also available and a WLAN wi-fi hotspot is optional. Integrated tablet holders in the rear of the front seats and a wireless smartphone charging pad can also be specified.