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New Skoda Kodiaq is first step in SUV expansion plans

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Skoda makes its first move in a multiple-model attack on the SUV market.

Skoda has unveiled its Superb-inspired Kodiaq SUV, which should hit the roads early next year and mark the start of a multi-model expansion plan by the car maker.

The full-sized 4x4 is the first model to be revealed as part of Skoda’s objective of securing a significant share of the popular SUV market. It will be joined in the future by a new Skoda Yeti and other smaller crossover cars.

Latest news on the new Skoda

It seems that the design of the new Skoda Kodiaq production model hasn’t moved far away from the concept car that was shown at the Geneva Motor Show.

In comparison to the Skoda Yeti, it has a rather more angular design with sharp creases down the flanks, a sporty, sloping roofline, thin, angular lights that bleed into the car’s grill and squared-off wheel arches.

It has a somewhat stocky feel and its short overhangs at both the front and back suggest that it should fare well off-road with all-wheel-drive capabilities.

New Skoda is big news

The new Kodiaq is a big vehicle, standing 5.5ft tall, six feet wide and 15ft long. It has a nine-foot-long wheelbase, making it the longest seen on a European car using the VW Group’s MBQ platform.

The long wheelbase should ensure that it fulfils requirements when it comes to spaciousness and practicality and make it feel familiar to drivers and passengers who are already acquainted with the cabins of Volkswagen Group cars.

The feel and appearance of the Kodiaq’s cabin is strikingly similar to that of the sizeable Superb family saloon, although it has a chunkier dashboard with an infotainment system located higher up. The vertical-style vents are also new.

An Android Auto and Apple CarPlay-equipped 6.5-inch touchscreen will be available as standard in the Kodiaq, whilst more exciting technological features will be available in models at the top of the range.

The more expensive variants will benefit from an eight-inch screen complete with Infotainment Online, offering satellite navigation traffic updates in real-time and Wi-Fi connectivity for tablets, laptops and phones.

The new Skoda’s full list of technology and extras has not yet been revealed, although there should be the option of a 360-degree camera to make manoeuvring the large Kodiaq much easier than it might otherwise be.

It will also be possible to increase the passenger capacity of the new Skoda Kodiaq, taking it from a spacious five-seater to a seven-seater.

The boot offers a class-leading 720 litres. This becomes a really significant 2,065 litre cargo bay when the rear seats are folded down.

New Skoda engine choices

The new Skoda Kodiaq has a choice of five engines; three petrols and two diesels. Both diesels are 2.0 litre units and the most powerful can produce 187bhp with 295lb-ft of torque. The slightly less powerful version can produce 148bhp and 251lb-ft.

There are a pair of 1.4 litre petrol options; a sprightly 148bhp unit with 184lb-ft of torque and a 123bhp option with 146lb-ft. There is also a 2.0 litre petrol engine on offer, producing 177bhp and 236lb-ft of torque.

The top-end diesel and petrol choices come with an automatic dual-clutch gearbox, together with four-wheel drive as standard. All of the other versions are front-wheel drive as standard. The cheapest petrol Kodiaq features a manual gearbox but the rest will have DSG. Manual transmission is only available with four-wheel-drive.

More powerful engines are also expected to join the range in the future, with speculation that one option may be the Volkswagen Passat’s twin-turbo diesel, which can produce 237bhp. This option is expected to cost more than £40,000, however.

It is thought that a standard Kodiaq could cost under £23,000, whilst the range-toppers may start at less than £30,000. Deliveries are expected to start early next year.

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