Skoda released two sketches of the Kodiaq, their upcoming SUV, which is larger than the VW Tiguan and Seat Ateca, with its length reaching 4.7 meters (the Tiguan is 4,49 meters long and the Ateca is 4,36 meters). It can carry up to seven people and it will provide a big luggage space.
It will debut at the Paris auto show in autumn and it borrows several design elements from the VisionS concept. The Kodiaq is expected to become the best-seller model of the company, bringing new customers to the dealerships of Skoda, but at the same time giving a foretaste for future SUV models that the company will presented. It is already known that after the Kodiaq, the company will release a coupe SUV, which will probably have a sporty vRS edition.
As previously stated by the president of the company, Bernhard Maier, the SUV category is experiencing its greatest growth in the market. This was the reason for Skoda to decide to invest in this category. The traditional qualities of an SUV, such as the high seating position, visibility, storage space and usability, are consistent with the values of Skoda, Maier said, adding that future models of Skoda will have a more emotional design, to attract younger customers to the brand.
During the development of the Kodiak, Skoda has built 47 prototypes, each of which takes a month to be manufactured, and overall have traveled 700,000 kilometers. The car, along with the Seat Ateca, will be manufactured in the Czech’s company plant in Kvasiny and will be based on the MQB platform, which is used by the new VW Tiguan. The two new SUVs will increase the annual capacity of the plant to 280,000 cars, while also creating 1,300 new jobs over the next two years.
Mechanically the car will be equipped with the same TSI and TDI engines that are available on the Tiguan and Ateca, with the power to be transferred to the front axle, while an all-wheel drive system will be offered as optional.