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Meet the new Skoda KodiaqBack

SkodaKodiaqSKODA has announced that the name for its new hotly anticipated large SUV will be known as the Skoda Kodiaq. Skoda’s latest SUV, due to make its debut in the autumn, has been named after the Kodiak bear that lives off a remote island near Alaska.

The distinctive new SKODA SUV is 4.70 metres long and is designed to comfortably seat seven people as well as offering remarkable performance both on and off the beaten track. The hidden power of the Kodiaq can also be seen in its design – distinctive, muscular lines representing a dynamic, robust and strong appearance.

The SKODA Kodiaq will be larger than the existing SKODA Yeti SUV and will seat seven occupants comfortably across three rows of seats and has been built to rival models such asSkodaKodiaq
the Land Rover Discovery, BMW X5 and Audi Q7. Judging by SKODA’s past pricing, it will be a much cheaper alternative whilst maintaining SKODA’s excellent reputation for reliability and longevity.

Some of the distinctive design features of the SKODA Kodiaq have been hinted on the concept model that was revealed in March at the Geneva Motor Show. The concept version indicated that the Kodiaq will be slightly longer than a Nissan X-Trail at 1.91m wide and 1.68m tall, and therefore significantly wider than the new SEAT Ateca.  A prominent front grille and slim headlights are featured which are styled on the latest-generation Superb hatchback. The Kodiaq also features a clamshell bonnet, a feature that’s likely to be a common trait across each of Skoda’s SUVs.

SkodaKodiaq2The internal space in the SKODA Kodiaq will be generous with seats for seven spread across three rows and excellent head, shoulder and leg room for all passengers. New cabin technology featured on the Vision S concept car includes two large 16-inch displays mounted on the dash between the air vents, allowing joint access to the multimedia station for both the driver and passenger.

A four-wheel drive petrol electric hybrid powertrain version of the SKODA Kodiaq was also debuted at Geneva and featured a 154bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine combined with a 54bhp electric motor and a 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox. A second electric engine works in tandem to produce a total powertrain output of 222bhp. It is claimed the hybrid version of the Kodiaq can reach 0-62mph in just 7.4 seconds, with CO2 emissions as low as 45g/km. The electric power range is 31 miles.

The hybrid version of the Kodiaq has yet to be confirmed for production, but if it does go ahead it will offer a similar set-up to the highly anticipated VW Tiguan GTE. However, senior company officials remain reluctant to introduce a Skoda that could cost nearly £50,000 in trims and finishes.

The engine line-up will be similar to that of Volkswagen SUVs and is predicted to start with a 1.4-litre turbo petrol. A 1.6 or 2.0-litre diesel version will also be introduced along withSkodaKodiaq3 front and four-wheel drive options and either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven speed dual-clutch automatic.

The new SKODA Kodiaq will have the Discovery Sport, Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, as key rivals, and is likely to undercut all three in costs, with a starting price of around £21,000.


Posted by Leana Kell on 06/05/2016