The new Skoda Kodiaq officially unveiledSeptember 1, 2016
Skoda has officially unveiled their all-new Kodiaq during a media event in Germany. This is the Skoda Kodiaq, a new SUV rival for the Hyundai Santa Fe, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Kia Sorento that’s been revealed ahead of its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
The new Kodiaq is a large SUV that will be offered with five or seven seats. The new model is 4,700mm long, 1,882mm wide and 1,676mm tall; those figures are a few millimetres shorter, wider and taller than the Santa Fe. Skoda Kodiaq has a wheelbase that’s 91mm longer than its Korean rival’s, at 2,791mm. Indeed, the Kodiaq sits on the largest version of the VW Group’s MQB chassis technology to be used in a European-market car.
Despite the size of the vehicle, Skoda has made effective use of the MQB chassis construction to keep down the Kodiaq’s weight. The automaker says that it weighs 1,452kg without a driver in front-wheel-drive petrol form, and that switching to four-wheel drive adds round 80kg to that total. Seven-seat versions will weight a little more than that again.
The Skoda Kodiaq will be available at launch with a choice of two diesel engines and three petrols. The diesels are Skoda’s familiar 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit in two states of tune – 148bhp/340Nm and 187bhp/400Nm. The petrols are a 1.4-litre with 123bhp and 200Nm, a more powerful 1.4 that brings cylinder deactivation technology and offers 148bhp and 250Nm, and a 2.0 with 177bhp and 320Nm.
The range-topping diesel and petrol engines are available only with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox. The more modest diesel and 1.4-litre units are DSG-only in front-wheel-drive trim, but can have that transmission or a six-speed manual when equipped with four-wheel drive.
The 148bhp 1.4 petrol gets either a six-speed DSG or a six-speed manual in four-wheel-drive versions, or just the DSG with front-drive. The only Kodiaq that’s available with the combination of front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox is the entry-level petrol, therefore; it doesn’t get any DSG option.
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The Kodiaq will get Driving Mode Select on its options list; it allows the driver to select different modes which alter the engine response, gearbox software, power steering and air-conditioning depending on the terrain and surfaces being traversed. Four-wheel-drive editions get an extra mode – Snow, which alters the behaviour of the anti-lock brakes and the transmission’s clutch to improve stability on slippery roads. Adaptive suspension will be an option – as will an off-road mode that includes hill descent control.
The best-in-class boot measures from 720 liters (25.4 cu.ft) to 2,065 liters (72.9 cu.ft), and if the optional folding passenger seat is chosen, the Kodiaq can transport items up to 2.80 meters (9.1 feet) long.
The exterior design features a highly recessed shoulder line, a wide three-dimensional radiator grille, narrow headlights and plenty of highly contoured surfaces. At the rear, Skoda used LEDs as standard for the C-shaped taillights, which means that customers can opt for either one of the three available trim levels and still drive off knowing their lights give off the impression of a fancy crystalline structure.
In terms of comfort, buyers can opt for the heated steering wheel but also the optional tri-zone climate control, heated, ventilated and electronically adjustable front seats, ambient lighting and multiple fabric/leather combinations, which include Alcantara. Further features include the Area View system, Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, the optional Predictive Pedestrian Protection system, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert.
The Kodiaq is also available with Skoda Connect, integrating Infotainment Online services, Emergency Call (eCall), Remote Access and for the first time, the integration of SmartGate in the SmartLink all-in-one app – alongside Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The Swing infotainment system with its 6.5″ touchscreen display comes as standard, however, the optional Bolero high-definition 8″ screen definitely eclipses it in terms of looks and features.