Skoda Cheekily Camouflages Kodiaq GT Crossover Coupes As Mazda CX-5s

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.

more photos...
Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien & CarPix for CarScoops
Speeding Porsche Goes Airborne Crashing Into Second Floor Of NJ Building Killing Two

Police say the 2010 Porsche Boxster was traveling at a high rate of speed when it lost control.

This BMW Z8 Is Nearly 20 Years Old, Yet Hasn’t Aged A Day

Powering this 2000 BMW Z8 is a 395 HP 4.9-liter V8 mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Big Banana Car Gets Stopped By Cop, Driver Gets $20 Tip Instead Of Ticket

After the officer found out everything checked out OK, he made a small contribution…

Official Chevy Sketch Hints At C8 Corvette Z06’s Cockpit Design

GM says this is “an early render of a potential interior” for the C8 Corvette Z06.

Take A Tour Around The Obnoxious $1 Million Karlmann King

The $1 million price tag is just the entry point for the world’s most expensive SUV.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace Going Under Knife For A Minor Facelift

The exterior styling changes are minor, but the 2021 E-Pace should have a significantly improved interior.

Dodge Recalls 173 Challengers And Chargers Over Wrong Wheel-Brake Combo

The issue impacts models with a certain wheel and brake package, which FCA admits shouldn’t have been an option.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Gains More Power And Equipment, But Prices Jump By $740

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 will go on sale this fall and cost $25,090.

Corvette Dyno Results? Definitely DyNO As Motor Trend Admits Mistake

The original dyno results for the 2020 Corvette were created using two incorrect settings.

Digital Keys Are Getting Smarter, Will Provide Access Even If Your Smartphone Is Dead

In the future, owners won’t even need to pull out their smartphone to unlock their car.