Challenging the likes of the Renault Koleos, Hyundai Santa Fe and Peugeot 5008, Skoda’s new Kodiaq SUV has been spied for the first time in production form.
As expected, the Kodiaq is very close to the VisionS study from this year’s Geneva Motor Show featuring the same silhouette and key details that blend Skoda’s existing design language into an SUV body shape.
Based on the VW Group’s modular MQB platform, the Kodiaq will likely share the same extended wheelbase length as the upcoming VW Tiguan XL that will be offered in North America and China, measuring close to 2.8 meters, while the SUV’s overall length should be similar to the concept at around 4.7 meters.
Named after a species of Alaskan bear, albeit slightly altered as it’s usually called ‘Kodiak’, the Czech automaker’s SUV will have three row of seats, with the last two seats popping up from the boot floor.
In Europe, the engine lineup will include three gasoline burners: the 1.4-liter TSI in two outputs with 125 PS (123 HP) and 150 PS (148 HP), the latter with a cylinder deactivation system, and the 1.8-liter TSI, rated at 180 PS (177 HP). Those looking for more better fuel economy will get to choose between two diesels, the entry-level 1.6-liter TDI, producing 120 PS (118 HP), and the 2.0-liter TDI, with 150 PS (148 HP) or 190 PS (187 HP). A plug-in hybrid model is also planned but won’t join the range at launch.
We expect to see the Kodiaq for the first time at the 2016 Paris Motor Show this fall.
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