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.