Skoda Auto, which confirmed the global premiere of the Kodiaq — the company's first full size SUV — for September, has revealed more information about the vehicle. The Czech automobile manufacturer also released camouflaged images and video of the SUV, which is currently undergoing final testing rounds.
When the Kodiaq enters the market in early 2017, it will be offered in a choice of five engines: two TDIs and three TSIs. The most powerful petrol engine, the 2.0-litre TSI, will have a power output of 177bhp. The Kodiaq will be available in six-speed manual gearbox and DSG transmission in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive formats. The SUV will also boast of Driving Mode Select and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC). Using these, operation of the steering, accelerator, DSG transmission and suspension can be configured in multiple modes.
Skoda claims the use of high-strength steel in the body will make the SUV unusually light. The company also says that in the five-seater layout, the Kodiaq will boast largest boot within its class. The longitudinally-adjustable rear seats come as standard in the Kodiaq and the backrests can be tilted as required. The SUV comes with plastic door-edge protection that deploys automatically to avoid damaging the vehicle in garages or car parks.
On the connectivity front, the Kodiaq's infotainment elements originate from Volkswagen Group's second-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix. The touch-screen equipped system comes with Columbus and Amundsen systems come with a WiFi hotspot. In the Kodiaq, the smartphone can be connected in numerous ways such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLinkTM and SmartGate, is optional for the entry-level Swing infotainment system.
The Kodiaq will be based on the VisionS design study concept Skoda unveiled at the 86th Geneva Motor Show in March. The Kodiaq will feature a design influenced by Czech cubism and the tradition of Bohemian crystal art. It will come with precise and crisp body lines and a face similar to the current generation cars of Skoda. The company claims the new SUV, at 4,700mm in length and performs excellently both on and off the beaten track.