Skoda finally takes the wraps off Kodiaq 7-seat SUV [LIVE Paris update] image

Following a very lengthy teaser campaign and a last minute leak that revealed all exterior design secrets, the Czech automaker has officially presented the new Kodiaq large SUV during an event in Berlin.

The high-riding model from Mladá Boleslav finally arrived during a spectacular event and looks to supplement the Skoda lineup exactly where the sales are up – crossovers and SUVs, which are all the rage these days no matter the region – Europe, the US or China. The carmaker is also adding into the mix its well known sense of practicality to their first ever sport utility vehicle with seven seat capabilities. Due to the overall length of 4.7 meters (185 inches), the large SUV can be read as a Superb on steroids, but in return you get an interior that is even more practical and spacious. Cargo capacity goes from 720 liters (25.4 cubic feet) to 2,065 liters (73 cu. ft.) when discussing the five-seater. Items up to 2.8 meters (110.2 inches) long and towing capabilities of up to 2.5 tons (5,000 pounds) for the 2.0 TDI engine in 4×4 with DSG are also on the menu.

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Inside the Kodiaq lets buyers choose between three infotainment systems: 6.5-inch Bolero (complete with SmartLink, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay compatibility), 8-inch Amundsen (navi and off-road mode display) and the Columbus packing 64GB flash memory and optional LTE module with WLAN hotspot. The engines are many and unsurprising. Base model packs the 1.4 TSI with 125 hp (92 kW) and 147 lb-ft (200 Nm) of torque, and there’s also the stronger version with 150 hp (110 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm). The 2.0 TSI comes with 180 hp (132 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm). The diesel aficionados get the 2.0 TDI with 150 hp (110 kW) & 251 lb-ft (340 Nm) and 190 hp (140 kW) & 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). The transmission options include front and all-wheel drive as well as six speed manual or six and seven speed DSG.