From an initial concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show labelled the Vision S, the new large Kodiaq SUV was revealed late last week at the world premiere event In Berlin, Germany.
Skoda are expected to follow up this new car with a deeper plunge into the SUV market creating a Nissan Juke like crossover, a budget coupe style version for China and replacing the ageing Skoda Yeti with a new model.
The Kodiaq will be available from early 2017 hopefully just in time for the new 17 plate from the 1st of March onwards.
The Skoda Kodiaq
Pricing for the new model has yet to be officially released but initial predictions suggest a starting retail of price of £22,500 which is very cheap at puts it right in the mix with the rivals in the market including the X-trail and Hyundai’s Santa Fe.
A standard 6.5 inch touch-screen will be in every Kodiaq with Bluetooth support and smart link. Each one will support the latest in Smartphone connectivity with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
Three trim levels from launch following the same path as other Skoda models with an S, SE and SE-L and five different engines to choose from, including two Diesels with different power outputs from the same 2.0L unit. Three Petrol engines will be available including a 2.0 litre and two different power outputs from a 1.4 litre.
More exact details are coming shortly at the end of September which may well include a top of the range Laurent and Clement version.
Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier said “With the Skoda Kodiaq, we are striking out in a new direction and opening up new markets.” “With our first large SUV, we are conquering a new segment for the brand and new customer groups. Our new addition to the Skoda model range is truly as strong as a bear, it makes the brand even more attractive thanks to its concept, striking design and as the first Skoda that has the option of always being online and thereby offering more comfort, safety and real time information. The Skoda Kodiaq is at the forefront of Skoda’s extensive SUV campaign.”