Seven-seat SUV to debut on September 1 in Berlin.
[update] Skoda has published a few revealing teaser images and a video.
At first glance it may seem the Kodiaq was caught on camera without any sort of disguise, but in typical Skoda fashion, the pre-production prototype had some body-colored wrap on the panels. In addition, the real design of the headlights and taillights remained hidden under a plastic cover featuring interesting graphics reminiscent of Range Rovers.
As you would expect from a seven-seat SUV, the Kodiaq spotted at home in Czech Republic looks quite large and just like most Skodas on sale today, it will be one of the biggest models in its class. To get an idea about the car’s overall appearance, have a look at the VisionS concept which was unveiled back in February ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show a month later.
The good folks over at Team-BHP were invited to Prague for a Kodiaq preview event and managed to find out a great deal of details about the company’s forthcoming high-riding model. It is going to have an overall length of 4,697 mm (184.9 inches) with a generous wheelbase spanning at 2,791 mm (109.8 inches). The production-ready SUV is going to be 1,882 mm (74 inches) wide and will have a drag coefficient of 0.331.
As with every other Skoda, practicality has been a top priority during the model’s development. With all the seven seats in place, the cargo capacity will stand at 270 liters and grow to 630 liters with the rearmost seats folded. With all the seats folded, the MQB-based Kodiaq will be able to swallow up to 2,055 liters of your luggage. If you really don’t need the two extra seats, you’ll be able to get the five-seat model which will offer 720 liters with the rear seats in place and no less than 2,165 liters once you fold them.
In terms of engines, the gasoline range will kick off with a 1.4-liter TSI which will be available in 125 hp (92 kW) and 155 hp (114 kW) flavors. The weaker version is going to deliver a maximum torque of 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) and will be exclusively offered with a manual gearbox and a front-wheel-drive layout. The punchier version will generate 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) and at an additional cost buyers will be able to opt for an AWD setup with a DSG ‘box.
Gone is the 1.8-liter TSI seen in the Octavia and Superb because Skoda is going to sell the Kodiaq with the VW Group’s new 2.0 TSI outputting 180 hp (132 kW) & 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) channeled to both axles via a DSG.
If you would rather have a diesel, the familiar 2.0 TDI will be available with 150 hp (110 kW) & 340 Nm (251 lb-ft) and 190 hp (140 kW) & 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). The former will be sold in both FWD and AWD configurations whereas the latter will have only an all-paw layout.
Skoda’s ‘Simply Clever’ array of features will range from retractable door edge protectors and a variable boot floor to door-mounted umbrellas and a detachable, magnetic light in the trunk as you get with the Superb. Dynamic chassis control is going to be offered at an additional cost and will bring adjustable dampers with various settings to choose from.
On the safety side, the 2017 Kodiaq will be available with adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, tow and front assist, city emergency braking, and a plethora of cameras. For the first time ever on a Skoda, LED headlights are going to be optional equipment. If you plan on doing a lot of towing, the model will have a maximum towing capacity of 2.5 tons and will be available with an electrically-retractable tow bar and a trailer park assist system.
Initially, the Skoda Kodiaq will be available in Ambition and Active trim levels which will be followed by Scout and Sport models later on, while a range-topping L&K could join the family at one point in the model’s life cycle.
Skoda will host the world premiere of its seven-seat SUV on September 1 in Berlin before bringing the Kodiaq to the Paris Motor Show a month later. Pilot production is scheduled to begin in October, so a market launch is expected at the beginning of 2017.