Skoda has revealed its all new Kodiaq full size SUV that will launch in Europe early in 2017.
The Kodiaq is hefty, measuring 4.7 metres long and 1.9 metres wide and will be available with five or seven-seat interiors.
European buyers will be able to choose from a range of mechanical configurations that include, front-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive, five different engines, a 6 or 7-speed DSG automatic or a 6-speed manual.
Petrol engine options (in Europe) include two 1.4-litre TSI four-cylinders with either 92kW/200Nm or 110kW/250Nm. There’s also a larger 2.0-litre TSI four-cylinder that produces 132kW/320Nm.
The two diesel engine options are 2.0-litre turbo-diesels, with either 110kW/340Nm or 140kW/400Nm.
The Kodiaq is built on Volkswagen’s MQB platform which features a range of weight saving measures designed to improve vehicle dynamics and efficiency.
On the inside the Kodiaq offers all the space you’d expect from a large SUV. The boot will swallow 720-litres of luggage and folding the second row seating down increases that to 2065-litres.
Interior trim choices include fabric, Alcantara or Leather.
In standard form, the Kodiaq will seat five with a second row seat that can be moved forwards or backwards by up to 180mm. It will also include a 60:40 split-fold function and adjustable headrests. A third row of two seats will be available as an option.
The Kodiaq’s dashboard design is fuss free, thoroughly modern and notably unique to the big Skoda.
Infotainment functionality includes wireless telephone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity via a choice of 6.5-inch and 8.0-inch touchscreens.
Driver assist technology is abundant with surround-view cameras, City Emergency Brake, Predictive Pedestrian Protection, Multi-Collision Brake, Traffic Jam Assist (autonomously brakes and accelerates for you), adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert.
The Kodiaq will be available in three levels of trim including the entry-level ‘Active’, mid-level ‘Ambition’ and the top-level ‘Style’.
Of course the Skoda Kodiaq, like its German cousins, rides on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform which brings considerable weight-savings into play – with payback for driving dynamics and fuel consumption. Active dampers are on the options list.
In Europe, Skoda will launch the all-new Kodiaq in its usual model range – entry-grade ‘Active’, mid-spec ‘Ambition’ and range-topping ‘Style’.
The Skoda Kodiaq is expected to go on-sale in Australia mid-way through next year with Australian specifications and pricing being made available closer to the local launch date.