Skoda has finally unveiled its first ever seven-seater SUV in Berlin, where the SUV has been teased a number of times earlier. The Kodiaq SUV is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform that also underpins new generation Superb in which lightweight construction plays a crucial parameter and impressively weighs 1,452 kg. Skoda’s Head of Design, Jozef Kabaň, and his team design the SUV keeping the traditional Czech crystal glass art in mind, an idea of using clean lines.
On this occasion, Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier said, “With the ŠKODA Kodiaq, we are striking out in a new direction and opening up new markets. With our first large SUV, we are conquering a new segment for the brand – and new customer groups. Our new addition to the ŠKODA model range is truly as strong as a bear: it makes the brand even more attractive thanks to its concept, striking design and as the first ŠKODA that has the option of always being online and thereby offering more comfort, safety and real-time information. The ŠKODA Kodiaq is at the forefront of ŠKODA’s extensive SUV campaign.”
Going by the exterior design, the new SUV gets clear and edgy design that can be seen on its shoulder lines, aggressive front grille flanked by those raked double-headlights that creates boldness in it, while at the rear, you will find LEDs are in C-shape for the rear light design. Dimensionally, the Skoda Kodiaq measures 4,697mm in length with a width of 1,882mm wide, stands 1,676mm tall (including the roof rails) and sitting on a wheelbase of 2,791mm. the car will be available with choices of 14 exterior paints - four standard and ten metallic colours.
Inside, the cabin is filled with comfort once you enter – three row seating configuration, good legroom space along with myriads of features such as Skoda Connect Touchscreen Infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Wifi, Google Earth, 360-degree top view camera, emergency systems and it also gets Skoda’s ‘Simply Clever’ features like a magnetic flashlight. And just like in Superb you get umbrellas in the doors. Moreover the tailgate is fully electronic with gesture control.
Interesting part comes under the skin, the Skoda Kodiaq SUV is available in two engine options – a 1.4-litre TSI petrol motor that produces 125hp, for the international and in India a 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit is expected to make its way that is good to crank out 150hp and 340 Nm and a same engine that wil dish out 190hp and 400Nm of peak torque. Transmission options will be either a six-speed manual or a DSG dual-clutch automatic.