Skoda’s home factory in the Czech Republic starts building the Kodiaq image

The first units of Skoda’s first ever seven-seat sport utility vehicle – the Kodiaq – have been rolling down the assembly line in Kvasiny, in preparation for the model’s market launch next February.

The Czech manufacturer is taking advantage of the SUV boom and group platforms – the Kodiaq is built on the well known VW Ag MQB architecture – to attract a new set of interested buyers. “We are pleased that it’s now underway, ” commented Skoda production head Michael Oeljeklaus “The series production launch of the Skoda Kodiaq is an emotional moment for the entire company and especially for our colleagues in Kvasiny. Over the last few months, the whole team has been preparing for the start of production of our new SUV model.”

The Kodiaq will go against other affordable models in the segment such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, packing some of the more important credentials – the largest trunk in the segment, optional seven-seat arrangement and an affordable price. There’s also a big family of powertrains: 1.4-liter and 2.0-liter TSi gasoline with 125 to 190 horsepower (92 to 140 kilowatts), and a 2.0-liter TDi diesel available in 150 or 190 hp (110 or 140 kW) guises. The transmission combinations are also vast – because you can get a six-speed manual, or six- or seven-speed DSG gearbox, and front- or four-wheel-drive options.