After the longest pre-reveal in the history of pre-reveals Skoda has finally revealed blood and guts details of their new large SUV, the Kodiaq. The Kodiaq is based on the VW MBQ Platform which is shared between the current Seat Ateca and VW Tiguan. However the Kodiaq has a stretched platform which enables it to bag the ‘largest boot capacity’ in class title, that’s 2,065-Litres in real terms.
The brand transfers its new design language into the SUV segment, the Kodiaq shares similar design traits to the Superb. In particular the highly recessed shoulder line, double horizontal lines on the front and the so called ‘three dimensional’ radiator grille.
The long wheelbase and short overhangs point to the large interior and the wheel arches are slightly angular – a key element of ŠKODA’s SUV new design language frontier.
LEDs are used as standard in the C-shaped rear light design and choice of 14 paint finishes will be made available – four standard colours and ten metallic colours. The appearance of the components varies according to the three trim levels – Active, Ambition and Style.
The ŠKODA Kodiaq is 4,697 mm long, 1,882 mm wide and 1,676 mm tall (including roof rails); its wheelbase measures 2,791 mm. The Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform is based upon lightweight construction and plays an important role.
The body, a combination of hot-stamped metal sheets forms the ultra-strong backbone. With the entry-level TSI engine and front-wheel drive, the large SUV weighs just 1,452 kg (without driver), or 1,540 kg with the 1.4 TSI engine and all-wheel drive.
Five powertrains, two TDI and three TSI engines, make up the engine range at the launch of the ŠKODA Kodiaq. They have capacities of 1.4 and 2.0 l, and power output ranges from 92 kW (125 PS) to 140 kW (190 PS).
All EU6 compliant engines feature a Stop-Start system, brake energy recovery and a powerful thermo-management system, contributing to low consumption.
The 2.0-litre TDI is expected to carry the main bulk of sales and is available in two versions. The first version generates 110 kW (150 PS) and 340 Nm. The top-of-the-range version delivers 140 kW (190 PS) and 400 Nm.
The ŠKODA Kodiaq is available with various transmissions, depending on the engine and trim level, there is a 6-speed manual gearbox or DSG transmissions with six or seven speeds.
The new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is making its debut in a ŠKODA and has been designed for powerful engines with torque of up to 600 Nm.
Infotainment tech will be provided by a 6.5-inch screen which comes as standard. It can be supplemented with a smartphone Bluetooth connection and ŠKODA SmartLink. SmartLink supports the use of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLinkTM in the car.
The optional Bolero infotainment system features a high-definition 8.0-inch touchscreen, including the In-Car Communication (ICC) function. Other optional extras will include a digital instrument display and heads-up display.
The Kodiaq will be available with the latest driver assists such as Park Pilot, Trailer Assist, Area View system which houses surround-view cameras at the front and rear, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Assist and more. But expect these to made available as pricey optional extras.
The Kodiaq will be available in 2WD or 4WD and includes the option of Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control. The all-wheel-drive versions also offer Snow mode, as well as the engine management and electronically controlled, all-wheel, multi-plate clutch to slippery road conditions.
Typically for a new car launch Skoda has yet to announce the pricing and availability, however, entry level versions are expected to cost around £25k. If it’s of any help Active and Ambition trim levels will come equipped with 17-inch wheels as standard; 18-inch wheels are standard in the Style trim level.