Automotive

Kodiaq to fill Skoda's SUV-shaped hole

The Kodiaq hasn't been fully unveiled, but it's getting closer
The Kodiaq hasn't been fully unveiled, but it's getting closer
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The Kodiaq will be fully unveiled on September 1 
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The Kodiaq will be fully unveiled on September 1 
The Kodiaq can be seat seven
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The Kodiaq can be seat seven
Skoda has gone all-out on the Kodiaq because SUVs are so crucial in the current market
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Skoda has gone all-out on the Kodiaq because SUVs are so crucial in the current market
The Kodiaq hasn't been fully unveiled, but it's getting closer
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The Kodiaq hasn't been fully unveiled, but it's getting closer

Skoda's badge doesn't have the same prestige as some of the other brands within the VW Group stable, but that doesn't mean the Czech marque doesn't deserve attention. The Superb is a fantastic family wagon, and the Octavia vRS is a Golf GTI in drag. Until now the only thing missing was an SUV, a hole soon to be filled by the Kodiaq.

The covers haven't been whipped all the way off yet, but we have enough details to get an idea of what the Kodiaq will offer. Judging by the stats Skoda has shared, it's going to be practical. With five seats upright, the boot holds 720-liters (25.4 cu.ft), while folding the rear seats down extends the space to 2,065-liters (73 cu.ft).

Depending on the options ticked there's even room for items up to 2.9 m (9.5 ft) long, and the car will be sold as a seven seater.

Skoda has gone all-out on the Kodiaq because SUVs are so crucial in the current market
Skoda has gone all-out on the Kodiaq because SUVs are so crucial in the current market

Just like Land Rover has done with the new Range Rover, Skoda has gone all-out with driver aids on the Kodiaq. Nervous trailer towers can now take their hands off the wheel and let the car do the work when reverse parking, and the new Manoeuvre Assist system is automatic emergency braking for when reversing. There's also a 360-degree camera system fitted, that uses cameras mounted on the front, rear and mirrors to build a top-down image of the car's surroundings.

Skoda will completely unveil the Kodiaq on September 1 in Berlin.

Source: Skoda

3 comments
Keith Reeder
"Until now the only thing missing was an SUV" - yeah? What's the Skoda Yeti, then?
Rob-from-Melbourne
@Keith Reeder - my thoughts as well. http://goo.gl/Wh14bU
Keith Reeder
The Yeti has been around for donkey's years, too - it won the UK Top Gear Best Family Car award on release, way back in 2009, and it's still a current, available car right now.
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