EDIT: REPOST FROM EARLIER, EXPANDING ON ORLOVES POST FROM THE OTHER DAY ON JALOPNIK.
The Skoda Kodiaq was unveiled in Berlin the other day.
This is Skoda’s first large SUV and sits above it’s smaller SUV sister the Skoda Yeti.
The Kodiaq has been in development for quite a long time. The other brand sisters to the Kodiaq have already been seen and put on the roads, VW Tiguan and SEAT Ateca.
On OPPOs sister site it has been compared to the Audi Q7, VW Touareg, etc... this is not the case.
Engines have been rumoured to include the Skoda Superbs range of 1.4TSi ACT in manual, DSG and 4x4DSG, 2.0TSi in DSG and 4x4 DSG conclude the petrol range while the diesel range of 1.6TDi and 2.0TDi will be available in two ps outputs each and available in manual, DSG and 4x4 DSG.
The Kodiaq has been long awaited in Skoda circles as the larger sister to the Superb.
From the rear it shares a lot of similarity with the Superb estate.
Which isn’t a bad thing at all.
From the Express.
Škoda took the wraps off the first large SUV in its 112-year history in Berlin last night, unveiling the seven-seat Kodiaq.
The Kodiaq, which has been in development for a number of years and expands on the current sole SUV in the company’s model range, the Yeti, will go on show to the public for the first time at this months Paris Motor Show, with first cars arriving in showrooms in March 2017.
The first full-size SUV with seven seats, the Kodiaq is named after a breed of bear found on Kodiak Island in Alaska.
The design, however, is very much rooted in the carmaker’s Czech Republic homeland, with styling that builds on that of the Superb saloon and estate, and incorporates elements of Czech cubism and inspiration from traditional Bohemian cut glass.
The exterior dimensions – it’s 4,697mm long, 1,882mm wide and 1,676mm tall (including roof rails), with a 2,791mm wheelbase – and impressive interior packaging mean that the Kodiaq has a spacious cabin, plus a boot that has capacity ranging from 720 to 2,065 litres in volume.
And if that isn’t enough, an optional folding passenger seat enables the car to transport items up to 2.80m long.
Towing is also not beyond the Kodiaq’s capability, either: a trailer weighing up to 2.5 tonnes can be pulled along, with the aid of an electrically retractable tow bar.
Skoda has also used its new flagship model to showcase its Škoda Connect infotainment and connectivity technology, which will be rolled out to the other models in its range in 2017 (apart from the Citigo city car).
The system enables the Kodiaq to be online all the time.
Services therefore include real-time traffic information; Google Earth and Google Street View, which can show a street view of the destination; and map updates that include fuel prices, parking information, online news, weather information and points of interest.
These online services are free to owners for the first year and then at an extra cost thereafter.
The technology also features Emergency Call feature as standard that automatically calls an emergency call centre when airbags are deployed.
It also comes with a notification function for minor accidents as well as a breakdown call.
A Škoda Connect app can also offer remote access and information on the car: for example, it can alert the owner if their car is being moved by a third party in an unauthorised manner, perhaps too fast or outside a specified area.
The app can also help by transferring a route planner from home to the navigation system in the car.
A SmartLink feature also uses Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink to help integrate a smartphone with the car, while the smartphone can also be charged inductively (without plugging it in).
Engine options for UK models are yet to be confirmed, but we expect to see two versions of a 2.0-litre diesel engine (with 148bhp and 187bhp outputs) and a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, while a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine is also a possibility.
Engines will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or DSG automatic transmissions with six or seven speeds.
And although lower-powered engines will have a front-wheel drive option, an all-wheel-drive system with electronic control is available for most engine variants.
For me the little touches like those on the Superb of ice scraper in the fuel filler door and umbrellas in the front doors are also complimented with rubber door protectors that pop out and round the door as the door opens, protecting the car door and the car next to it, as the door closes it retracts out of the way.