After months of speculations, Skoda has officially announced the upcoming SUV will bear the name “Kodiaq.”

To emphasize the model’s size and strength, Skoda has selected the “Kodiaq” moniker after the “Kodiak” bear that lives on an island near Alaska. The new high-riding model from the Czech Republic is going to have a lot in common with the SEAT Ateca and the latest VW Tiguan, but as we’ve come to expect from Skoda, it is going to be larger than its VAG brothers. As a matter of fact, the Kodiaq will be 4.7 meters long, making it substantially longer than the Tiguan (4.49 meters) and the Ateca (4.36 meters).

While the Ateca is going to be offered exclusively with a five-seat layout, the Skoda Kodiaq will have enough room in the cabin to host up to seven people, just like the upcoming seven-seat VW Tiguan. Aside from being the roomiest model of the three, the Kodiaq will likely have the largest trunk since usually Skoda models are way more practical compared to equivalent members of the Volkswagen Group.

Details about the engines have not been disclosed, but obviously it will use the same units as the Tiguan and Ateca. Expect the gasoline range to kick off with a turbocharged 1.0-liter, three-cylinder unit with 113 hp, followed by a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder rated at 148 hp, and either a 1.8 TSI or a 2.0 TSI with 177 hp. On the diesel side, there’s going to be a 113-hp 1.6 TDI and a 2.0 TDI likely to be offered with 148 hp and 187 hp.

A front-wheel-drive layout is going to be standard, but some of the punchier engines will be available at an additional cost with an optional 4x4 setup. Depending on engine selection, Skoda will sell the Kodiaq with a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed DSG.

Skoda says its “large SUV” is going to be introduced in the second half of this year, so look for an official debut in early October at the Paris Motor Show. The market launch is scheduled for the beginning of 2017.

Source: Skoda

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As strong as a bear: ŠKODA's large SUV is called Kodiaq

› The name refers to the Kodiak bear that lives on an island near Alaska, and the way of spelling it is derived from the language of the natives
› The design of ŠKODA’s new large SUV conveys strength and protection
› Size, strength, family spirit – Bear and car have strengths in common
› ‘Discover new grounds’: The ŠKODA Kodiaq debuts in the second half of the year, and heralds the Czech brand’s global SUV campaign

Mladá Boleslav, 6. May 2016 – ŠKODA’s new large SUV is to be called Kodiaq. The name refers to the Kodiak bear that lives on the homonymous island off the southern coast of Alaska; its spelling is derived from the language of the indigenous people – the Alutiiq.  ŠKODA will be launching their new model campaign in the SUV segment with this new model that will be presented to the public in the second half of 2016.

Living alongside around 14,000 people on Kodiak Island – a harsh yet fascinating landscape located off the southern coast of Alaska (57°N 153°W) – there are around 3500 Kodiak bears. The Alutiiq, the natives, call the bear Taq uka 'aq – the letter "q" at the end is characteristic of animal names. By including this in the model designation of the new large SUV, ŠKODA proves their respect for the Alutiiq language. At the same time, the "q" creates a distinctive name for the unique new ŠKODA.

Size, strength and command of the great outdoors – the eponymous bear and the ŠKODA Kodiaq share common traits. ŠKODA’s new SUV, at 4.70 metres long, can comfortably seat seven and performs excellently both on and off the beaten track.  The hidden power of the predator can also be seen in the design of the ŠKODA Kodiaq – its distinctive, muscular lines representing dynamism, robustness and protective strength.

Another parallel between the Kodiak bear and the new ŠKODA Kodiaq is their family spirit. Standing up to three metres tall and weighing around 400 kilograms, Kodiak males are one of the largest and strongest bear species. In contrast to some other species, they live peacefully and socially: They form social bonds, share experiences other and play together. Some Kodiak bears will even share their best locations for catching salmon.  This is where these intelligent animals develop “Simply Clever” tricks and techniques, just like the many operating solutions of ŠKODA cars.

‘Discover new ground’ – this is the motto under which the Czech carmaker will be launching the ŠKODA Kodiaq. The model marks the beginning of the brand’s new SUV campaign, and will attract new consumer groups in the fast-growing SUV segment. The ŠKODA Kodiaq celebrates its public debut in the second half of 2016, the launch is planned for early 2017.