Next month, Skoda will lift the curtains off the Mountiaq, a Kodiaq-based concept truck. Meanwhile, 35 students from the company’s Vocational School are putting the final pieces of the puzzle together.
As with previous Student Concept Cars, the young men and women were guided by experts from the Design, Technical Development and Production Departments. Work started last September under the teachers’ supervision, and the team began practical implementation four months later.
The finished project will be a two-door pickup with an off-road inspired theme. The vehicle had to be reinforced before anything was chopped off and the students had to make numerous adjustments and fabricate some parts from scratch. The rear panels and side windows for the cab were manufactured and the front doors were modified. One of the greatest challenges, according to Skoda, was the integration of a functional tailgate.
At almost 5 meters (196.9 ft) long, and with a 3 mm (0.1 in) shorter wheelbase, the Mountiaq will have around 10 cm (4 in) more ground clearance compared to the Kodiaq Scout. This was achieved with the 17-inch Rockstar II wheels, shod in chunky rubber.
A snorkel, front winch and bull-bar, roof-mounted light bar and Orange Sunset exterior finish, as well as the illuminated load bed with hidden storage compartment underneath and illuminated grille at the front are other defining features of the vehicle.
A similar theme has been chosen for the interior, which combines orange and black leather, although we have yet to take a peek inside.
Powering the sixth Skoda Student Concept Car, which took over 2,000 hours so far, is the 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine that produces 190 PS (187 hp / 140 kW).