Don’t get your Czech-fan hopes up too much, because the sport utility vehicle from Skoda hasn’t been revealed actually – these official pictures simply show it wearing the full camouflage coat.
The model will be revealed online in September, probably just ahead of the official public debut set to take place during the Paris Motor Show starting early October. From then on, the first deliveries of the new large SUV will take place during the first part of 2017. So for now the company is moving on alongside the teasing game rails – prototypes have been caught by spy photographers, so the company saw no reason to offer its official pictures, with the same heavy camouflaged models. The Czech brand has a lot riding on the back of the new Kodiaq, as it’s entering a new segment of the SUV market, above the Yeti model, and one that’s growing quickly around the globe.
But the Czech SUV will face powerful rivals, in Europe especially – Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Nissan X-Trail, Ford Edge and the new generation Renault Koleos, among others. So, with the design out f the way, let’s focus on the specifications. Skoda is all about value for money, so the trunk capacity can be grown to up to 2,065 liters, while also coming up with gimmicks. For example there’s a door-edge protection for tight spots such as garages, or an electric child safety lock for the youngest passengers, not to mention the sleep comfort package with special headrests for the long hauls. Five and seven-seat versions will be offered, with a variety of engines. Two diesel and three gasoline units will be linked to a six-speed manual and DSG automatic transmissions. Entry-level versions will be FWD, with pricier also offering AWD. There are even things such as the Area View cameras or the Tow Assist supporting system.