The much-anticipated SUV from Skoda finally revealed in Berlin, Germany on September 1st. Named Kodiaq, it is the first ever SUV from Czech carmaker. The company seems want to take an advantage from SUV segment that’s always enthused around the globe.
‘Kodiaq’ name is taken from the largest brown bear, Kodiak. The mid-SUV is built on MQB Platform which means that shared platform with SEAT Ateca and the upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan XL. Previewd by Skoda Vision S Concept that made its debut at 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Kodiaq comes up with style that not too far from the concept version.
Up front, now the headlights are bigger and features L-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights. Skoda’s designers keep the fog lights which are placed right below the headlights just like its concept. Compared to the concept version, the radiator grille in production form is bigger and features chrome accents to add luxury look. And I don’t know why when I look at to Kodiaq from side, it reminds me of the first generation of Audi Q7.
Meanwhile at the rear, maybe I need more time to like it. Yeah, the carmaker took the inspiration from the concept. Maybe the taillights isn’t everyone’s taste. How about its dimension? According to Skoda, the Kodiaq is 4,697 mm long, 1,882 mm wide, 1,676 mm tall (including roof rail), and 2,791 mm wheelbase. Moreover, Skoda claims that the SUV is the best-in-class luggage capacity from 720 liter when seats aren’t folded, and increase to 2,065 liter when seats are folded. And for towing capacity the automaker said that it can tow a trailer weighing up to 2.5 tons.
In the cabin, Skoda promises the comfortable and roomy interior. The interior length is 1,793 mm, elbow room is 1,527 mm in the front and 1,51o mm in the rea, headroom is 1,020 in the front and 1,014 mm in the rear, and rear legroom is 104 mm. The large display in the instrument panel is split into 2 equal sections, for the driver and for the passenger. Interesting!
Skoda Kodiaq comes up with many hi-tech features, such as 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. And a 6.5-inch screen will be displayed Skoda Connect that integrates 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. Furthermore, Skoda also offers Phonebox as an optional that will allow you to charge your mobile phone wireless using Qi standard.
Under the hood, there are two diesel engines TDI and three petrol engines TSI with 1.4 liter and 2.0 liter. The output ranges are from 125 hp to 190 hp. All the powertrain feature a Stop-Start system, brake energy recovery and a powerful thermo-management system, contributing to low consumption despite the mighty power delivery. For the gearbox, there’s a 6-speed manual transmission, a 6-speed DSG, and the latest a 7-speed DSG.
For those who like in going off-road, you don’t need to worry because Skoda supplies te SUV with off-road system. You just touch a button, the chassis, engine management, and brakes will adjust its operation due to difficult terrain.
2017 Skoda Kodiaq will make its world premiere at 2016 Paris Motor Show this September.
Text: Andhika Pradityo