The new flagship model for Skoda, and it’s first model in the 7-seater market, the Kodiaq was revealed in Berlin on 1 September at what was one of the year’s most anticipated automotive unveilings. The Skoda Kodiaq hopes to rival the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Kia Sorento. It will have its public debut at the Paris Motor Show this coming October.
Jozef Kaban, Skoda’s Head of Design has said: “The Skoda Kodiaq is a pioneer for our brand in two respects. We are entering a new segment with out first large SUV above the Yeti. And at the same time, the Kodiaq is the first model with the new Skoda SUV design language. It is powerful and emotive, but also timeless.
The Skoda Kodiaq is extremely versatile. It is exceptionally spacious and with compact external dimensions, it delivers the best overall package in its class. It is also robust, suits all types of terrain and offers the best flexibility and functionality. We aspire to combine the highest degree of aesthetics with maximum functionality so that one no longer speaks of different criteria. We are searching for beauty in simplicity, without disregarding functionality or ergonomics. Every detail tells a story, that is the emotive power of the brand.”
What we know about the Kodiaq
The Kodiaq is 4.7m long making it longer than the Volkswagen Tiguan but shorter than the Kia Sorento. Inside, the third row of seats is optional. With 5 seats the boot space is 720 litres, with 7 seats the space is 268 litres and has a whooping 2,065 litres with all seats folded.
Some exterior features include a wide radiator grille, athletically shaped doors and crystal-like rear LED lights. The wide clean lines of the exterior carry over into the interior, especially in the symmetrical layout of the dashboard which is divided into two symmetrical zones for driver and passenger.
Technology features include three-zone air conditioning, door edge protection, area view camera, ambient lighting, virtual pedal, Skoda Connect and wireless mobile phone charging.
There will be five engine options, two diesel and three petrol. The petrol engines include a 1.4 litre with 125hp or 150 hp and a 2.0 litre with 180hp. In terms of diesel there is a 2.0 litre with 150hp or 190hp. The range will include six-speed manual transmission and DSG automatic six and seven speed options as well as a front or four-wheel drive.
The first delivery of Skoda Kodiaq’s are due to arrive in Ireland in February 2017.
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