Five-seat version will be able to swallow up to 2,065 liters with the rear seats folded.
Ahead of its big debut scheduled for Thursday, the Skoda Kodiaq is showing off its roomy interior in a series of images released by the Czech marque just minutes ago. It’s going to be offered as standard with a five-seat layout, with the option to pay extra for an additional two seats which do not look cramped at all.
Cargo capacity of the five-seater will range from 720 liters (25.4 cubic feet) with all the seats in place to a gargantuan 2,065 liters (73 cu. ft.) once you fold the rear ones. There are going to be no less than 30 ‘Simply Clever’ features to make your life easier, including door edge protection, umbrellas, and ‘sleep headrests.’
As far as the cabin’s design is concerned, it is typical Skoda business, but we do notice what appears to be a next-generation infotainment system different than what the Octavia and Superb currently have. Skoda doesn’t provide details about the new unit, although it seems to have a higher resolution and crisper graphics.
We are probably looking at the Style trim featuring LED ambient lighting, an optional Canton sound system, and a metallic finish for the pedals. Taking into account the rev counter goes up to 6,000 rpm, the version being shown in the adjacent images has the 2.0-liter TDI and it is linked to a six-speed manual gearbox channeling power to both axles. The turbodiesel will be available in two states of tune: 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts) & 251 pound-feet (340 Newton-meters) of torque and with 190 hp (140 kW) & 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). The lesser version will come as standard with a front-wheel-drive layout and an optional all-wheel-drive setup, whereas the beefier configuration is going to be sold exclusively with AWD.
As far as the exterior is concerned, it will closely echo the VisionS concept introduced earlier this year in Geneva. The 4.7-meter SUV will be Skoda’s first model ever to host up to seven people and it will also be the first car from the VW-owned brand to have the option of a heated steering wheel.
Following its premiere on September 1st in Berlin, the Kodiaq will then travel to France for the Paris Motor Show scheduled in October. Sales of the SUV are expected to kick off late 2016 / early 2017.