The Czech company is providing a first glimpse at its large SUV.
Skoda has presented a masked pre-production prototype of its new SUV that will make its official debut during the Paris Motor Show this fall.
The Czech company is celebrating 25 years of cooperation with Volkswagen with a special event in its museum in Prague, where a pre-production prototype of the marque’s first large SUV was revealed. It has roughly the same size as the current Volkswagen Tiguan and is inspired by the Vision S concept in terms of design.
During the event, Skoda showed a vehicle with camouflage, hiding the front and rear ends of the vehicle. Still, the side profile, wheels, side mirrors, and underbody cladding are clearly visible, revealing the vehicle is carrying all of the major visual details of the study.
The manufacturer is currently using the A-Plus name for the pre-production vehicle, but the final production model will likely be called Kodiaq. Czech media is reporting the final decision will be announced soon, as Skoda has already trademarked the name.
“Please wait another couple of days,” Skoda boss Bernhard Maier told Autocar when asked about the Kodiaq name. “We need the final approvals from authorities around the world, and once we have those we can talk about it.”
During the development process, Skoda has produced no less than 47 prototypes of the SUV, each of them requiring about a month to build. Engineers and test pilots have already covered more than 435,000 miles (700,000 kilometers) in different tests.
The new SUV will be underpinned by the flexible MQB platform of Volkswagen Group that is already used as a base for many Skoda, VW, Seat, and Audi models. Expect to see familiar diesel and petrol turbocharged engines, as well as a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Sales of the model are expected to kick off before the end of the year with a starting price of around $26,100 (€24,000).
More photos can be found at autoforum.cz.