The Skoda Kodiaq SUV has been teased for the first time ahead of its world premiere later this year. The name and exact spelling of the 7-seat premium SUV have been confirmed as well. The new flagship will go on sale in Europe in early 2017.
Based on the MQB platform, the Kodiaq can be termed as Skoda’s production version of the VW CrossBlue concept. The SUV is named after a breed of Alaskan Bear which is called Kodiack. The spelling follows the native people’s dialect.
The styling cues will be derived from the Vison S concept that was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The visual character revolves around two pillars – Strength and Protection. Instantly recognizable Skoda grille, taut surfaces and clearly defined lines constitute the Kodiaq’s aesthetics.
If the Vison S’ dashboard design is anything to go by, we can expect an unconventional layout. The cabin will accommodate three rows of seats.
The Kodiaq will be powered by a set of turbocharged direction injection TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines. Both manual and automatic (DSG) transmissions would be on offer.
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The Skoda Kodiaq is expected to be launched in India a few months after its European sales debut. It’s likely to be assembled locally to take on the likes of Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, etc.