Skoda was expected to officially launch the Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV at this month’s Chengdu Motor Show. That hasn’t happened but it shouldn’t be long before the new Czech SUV breaks cover.
Interestingly, the coupé-flavored crossover is rumored to be a China-only affair, just like the Kamiq. But is it? Our doubts are fueled by the fact that four Kodiaq GT prototypes have been spotted in a car park in Europe.
Adding to the unusual sighting was the fact that three of the Skodas featured a camouflage aimed at disguising them as Mazda CX-5 SUVs. The white prototypes feature a similar grille, headlights, and taillights to the Japanese model. They’re all fake, obviously.
The fourth prototype featured a classic camouflage that gives us a pretty clear look at the shape of the headlights and grille (although they’re not that different from the regular Kodiaq), as well as the sloping roofline and sharp contours of the taillights.
Overall, the Kodiaq GT seems to look exactly like the camouflage-free model spotted in China in July. The big question is whether Skoda’s coupe-SUV will only be available in China or will head to Europe as well. Time will tell, but the fact that Skoda is testing it in Europe is a pretty important clue that mustn’t be overlooked.
While nothing is official, the Kodiaq GT is expected to be offered in China with a 2.0-liter TSI turbo-four in two states of tune: 186 and 220 hp. A seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission will be standard, and base models will be front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive will be reserved to higher-end versions.