Skoda, the Czech automaker, has revealed new details regarding the upcoming Kodiaq 7-seater SUV. The company has released a video and few images that showcase the SUV in production guise, albeit under camouflage. Skoda Kodiaq would be the flagship SUV in company's portfolio, while positioned above the Yeti. It would go on sale at the beginning of 2017 in the European markets, while India launch is expected by mid 2017.
“Our new ŠKODA Kodiaq SUV is a great all-rounder”, said ŠKODA CEO, Bernhard Maier. “It combines an active sense of vitality with the brand’s classic qualities – a high degree of functionality and an outstanding amount of space. As always, in the design process we have focused on offering a little bit more car, and as a result, the best vehicle in the segment. In addition, with its emotive design, the ŠKODA Kodiaq is a strong presence on the road.” Measuring 4.7m in length, Skoda Kodiaq has a boot capacity of upto 2065 litres. In 5-seater mode, it has the largest boot within its class. Adjustable rear seats come as standard, with backrests that can be tilted as required.
Skoda Kodiaq introduces door-edge protection that deploys automatically to avoid damaging the vehicle in garages or car parks. There is an electric child safety lock for the youngest passengers, as well as a sleep comfort package with special headrests for long trips. The infotainment elements in the large SUV originate from Volkswagen Group’s second-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix. They offer numerous functions and interfaces, and are all equipped with capacitive touchscreens. The top-of-the-range Columbus and Amundsen systems come with a WiFi hotspot. As an optional extra, there is an LTE module for the Columbus system – which establishes an internet connection using the fastest mobile communications standard currently available. Passengers can use this to browse online content and send emails using their mobile phones or tablets.
The Kodiaq reaches a new level when it comes to the intelligent pairing of car and smartphone. The SmartLink platform, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLinkTM and SmartGate, is optional for the entry-level Swing infotainment system but a standard feature for the more advanced infotainment systems. A Phonebox with inductive charging connects the smartphone to the roof aerial and charges it wirelessly. Skoda Kodiaq features a wide range of driving assistance systems. The Area View cameras, new for ŠKODA, display the car’s immediate surroundings on the monitor. When a trailer is attached to the large SUV, the Tow Assist system takes over manoeuvring when reversing slowly. The new predictive pedestrian protection function compliments Front Assist. Parking Distance Control with braking function, also new, provides support with parking manoeuvres – the Kodiaq brakes automatically as soon as it detects an obstacle.
The Kodiaq will be available in a choice of five engines: two TDIs and three TSIs. The most powerful petrol engine, the 2.0L TSI, has a power output of 177bhp. A range of transmission options are available – six-speed manual gearbox, DSG transmission, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The large SUV features Driving Mode Select and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC). Using these, operation of the steering, accelerator, DSG transmission and suspension can be configured in multiple modes. As for safety, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) would be offered as standard features.