The Czech automaker has only just unveiled in an official event in Berlin the new Kodiaq full size seven-seat SUV and already it seems they are preparing for the next level up tournament.
The company’s first ever seven-seat SUV is a crucial model for the brand, and has been slotted to reach dealerships early in 2017 with a reported base price of approximately $30,500 (€27,300). Being a classic VW Group vehicle, the Skoda SUV will pack the in-house powertrains – three petrol TSI units (1.4 and 2.0), and two TDI diesels – both at 2.0 liters, but given either 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts) or 190 hp (140 kW). It seems this is not the end for the powerplant roster as the latest rumor off the mill indicates a feistier version is already in the cards, apparently confirmed by Skoda’s board member with responsibility for research and development, Christian Struber. “From an engineering perspective, of course we want to give the Kodiaq even more performance, and we’ve been working on this. Now we must wait for the business case,” commented the executive.
When asked about the car he already said he drove, he confessed it to be a diesel, meaning that it could only go upwards toward the Volkswagen flagship – 2.0 biturbo TDI diesel packing 240 horsepower (177 kilowatts). If the new and hotter version gets the go ahead, the Kodiaq 2.0 BiTDI will be mated to the DSG automatic gearbox and AWD in order to put to good use the monster torque of 369 lb-ft (500 Nm). Skoda’s CEO Bernhard Maier also said the carmaker would add new trims such as the Sportline and Scout, to further enhance the model’s range.