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China-exclusive Skoda Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV officially introduced

That was fast! It was only a few days ago when Skoda teased its newest creation – the new all-new Skoda Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV -- through three sketched images. Now, the Czech carmaker is formally introducing online the coupe version of its Kodiaq SUV, revealing a number of details that should excite potential buyers in China.

According to Skoda, the exterior of the new Kodiaq GT coupe SUVis wrapped in sporty proportions. With a length of around 4.63 meters, it is slightly shorter than the Kodiaq SUV. On the front, the new Kodiaq GT is marked by a black-framed grille with chrome-plated dual ribs, as bordered on top by a wide bonnet, on the sides by LED headlights, and on the bottom by a three-dimensional bumper. The new Kodiaq SUV also features a front spoiler with wide air inlets.

When viewed from the sides, the new Skoda Kodiaq GT reveals coupe-like flanks, clear precise lines and a gently sloping roofline, which slope starts from behind the front doors. The coupe SUV also features dynamic wheel arches as well as body-colored chiseled side skirts.

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Skoda releases first sketches of its China-exclusive Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV

Finally, Skoda is entering the coupe-SUV segment. However, motorists in Europe or United States won't be able to get a piece of it. This is because Skoda is marketing the all-new coupe version of Kodiaq – the Skoda Kodiaq GT -- exclusive in China. It may arrive in other markets around the world, but for now, plans only involves exclusive sale in the Chinese market.

Skoda has yet to disclose important details about the all-new Kodiaq GT. Nonetheless, the fact that the Czech carmaker has released three design sketches, Skoda is all-bent to deliver a new coupe-SUV – as based on the Kodiaq SUV – for the Chinese market. This means that China will the only market in the world in which Skoda will be selling four SUV models: Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq and Kodiaq GT.

The new Kodiaq GT will be Skoda’s fourth SUV in China, and will be second exclusive model made just for the Chinese market, after the Kamiq. It will also be replacing the Kamiq as the brand’s most expensive SUV and its new flagship in China. According to the Czech carmaker, the Kodiaq GT coupe SUV is a demonstration of its commitment to the Chinese market, expecting the new model to be a key driver of the brand’s image.

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2017 Auto Shanghai Preview: Skoda to bring autonomous EV at the Vision E Concept premiere

Skoda announces its plans to begin sales of at least five electric vehicles by 2025. While doing its work, the Czech brand is also set to show off its Vision E Concept at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. For us, the Vision E’s debut this April will clearly represent the company’s green venture within the next several years.

Based on the initial sketches, Skoda’s concept EV bears the shape of an SUV along with an extremely remarkable exterior design. The five- seater coupe-like-SUV has this distinctly short front and rear overhangs, massive set of wheels with the absence of B-pillar just as in any other concepts.

Speaking with Automotive News in Europe, Skoda’s spokesperson explained the significant progression of their design—Skoda as we know started with the Vision S and now it has the Vision E concept.

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Skoda Kodiaq Coupe, 2 new SUVs are confirmed to roll out in China

In a leaked image following a presentation held in China, we learned that Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda will soon unveil 2 more new SUVs in China, resulting in a four-model lineup. Of the 4 rumored vehicles, one has been revealed to the public - the seven seat Kodiaq.

The Kodiaq model will possibly receive the coupe treatment, a roofline raked to the rear end will be expected. Even though it will likely affect the Kodiaq's trunk capacity, it shouldn't be a big deal since the space inside will compensate as the SUV's interior has a large space.

Also seen on the powerpoint presentation are 2 vehicle outlines labelled "Model Q" and "Model K". There's much speculation that Model Q is foreseen to be a 2nd-generation Yeti and will be possibly built bigger to become a real to life crossover. The all new Yeti is planned to be unveiled on the latter part of the year and will likely be premiered at Frankfurt Motor Show around September and will be put on sale before this year concludes.

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Skoda has announced another version of its new Skoda Kodiaq SUV. The regular variant of the Kodiaq announced in September 2016 exudes elegant practicality, while the recently introduced Kodiaq Scout version reeks of pure off-road capability and ruggedness. Now, the Czech carmaker is introducing the third version of the SUV with sporty looks – the new Skoda Kodiaq Sportline.

Yes, the new Skoda Kodiaq Sportline just looks sporty. It doesn’t boast of any improvement in power as it still features the same engine line up as the regular Kodiaq SUV. Well, it does have a sense of sportiness, thanks to the fact that its engine sends power to all four wheels; unlike the front-wheel drive regular Skoda Kodiaq.

In addition, the sporty looks of the Skoda Kodiaq Sportline continues inside the cabin, as this SUV model builds on the Ambition trim level. However, the Skoda Kodiaq Sportline features sports seats with Alcantara covers and silver-colored stitching as well as a leather-covered multifunction steering wheel and aluminum pedals.

Read the entire article Skoda Kodiaq Sportline gets a more interesting exterior but offers the same power

When Skoda commenced its SUV campaign with the announcement of the new Skoda Kodiaq, not a few have wished that this vehicle would be available in an off-road version. Now, it seems the Czech carmaker has answered our prayers and responded by announcing the new Skoda Kodiaq Scout.

Even though Skoda flaunted the new Skoda Kodiaq as an SUV that could drive off the road with ease, there are reservations with the vehicle’s off-road capability simply because it is a front-wheel drive unit. While the new Skoda Kodiaq tries to impress SUV consumers with its distinctive design, practical intelligence and superior interior space, it seemingly lacks some ruggedness typically associated with off-road vehicles.

So, here comes the new Skoda Kodiaq Scout, which will be officially unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. As the recipient of the Scout designation, this version of the Skoda Kodiaq brings the SUV ability to a whole new level. It is now more capable of handling off-road drives and its ruggedness as well as practicality is also viable for an all-terrain drive. While the Skoda Kodiaq appears practically elegant and premium, the Skoda Kodiaq Scout has some ruggedness pounded into it – it looks more solid and ready to take both the road and beyond. Examples of this ruggedness include the silver-colored underbody protection both at the front and rear.

Read the entire article Skoda unveils Kodiaq Scout off-road expert prior to 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Skoda is marking the commencement of its extensive SUV campaign with the unveiling of the new Skoda Kodiaq. Slated for release in early 2017, this new large SUV should allow Skoda to establish a name in new markets by floating the brand's key strengths like its distinctive design, practical intelligence and superior interior space, as well as technologies typically found in vehicles in higher classes.

Its length of 4,697 mm allows this large SUV to accommodate seven people and boast of having the largest boot in its class. Riding on a wheelbase that measures 2,791 mm, the new Skoda Kodiaq features dimensions of 1,882 mm in width and 1,676 mm in height, including roof rails. It is underpinned by Volkswagen Group's modular transverse matrix (MQB) that makes use strict of lightweight construction.

Its body is made from hot-stamped metal sheets. Sans the driver, a front-wheel drive Skoda Kodiaq powered by the entry-level TSI engine features a weight of just 1,452 kg, while an all-wheel drive unit running on the 1.4 TSI engine weighs 1,540 kg.

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SKODA, the Czech car manufacturer known for modern car designs, unveiled its new show car – the SKODA VisionS – at the 2016 Geneva International Motors Show. A perfect mix of aesthetic, function and power, SKODA said that the new SUV will showcase its new, modern design language which the company adopted back in 2014 with the introduction of its VisionC design.

The new SKODA VisionS (‘S’ stands for SUV) is the culmination of SKODA’s improvements in all its range of models, now currently focused on the SUV segment. According to the company, the new VisionS’ road presence will be instantly felt with its impressive dimensions of 4,700mm length, 1,910mm width, and 1,680mm height.

Already, it is touted as being larger than the Yeti Model. The large interior of the SUV highlights traditional values the SKODA brand is known for -- style and comfort. Featuring three rows of seats, it can comfortably seat six occupants in its luxurious and generous space.

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Volkswagen Group is nearing a decision on whether to build new SUVs for Skoda and Seat at a site in the Czech Republic or Spain, a Skoda union leader has disclosed. Czech daily Mlada Fronta Dnes has reported that the group had selected its Skoda's local plant over Seat's Spanish site for the new SUV, adding that an announcement should expected Friday.

Jarolsav Povsik, leader of Skoda's union group and a supervisory board member at the carmaker, told Reuters that no decision had been made, adding that Skoda officials will meet VW chief executive Martin Winterkorn on Friday. According to Mlada Fronta Dnes, VW had already decided for production to commence at Skoda at the end of 2015.

Production will be for both the Skoda and Seat brands. VW is adopting a new strategy to boost the image and appeal of its Skoda and Seat brands, shifting the Czech marque back upmarket and refocusing the Spanish brand on Europe. Skoda and Seat generated 13 percent of VW's 9.7 million record sales in 2013.

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According to Skoda chief Winfried Vahland, the Czech carmaker is planning to launch a large SUV in 2016. As expected, the new model sill use Volkswagen Group’s well-known MQB platform. What’s more interesting is that the new SUV from Skoda will actually be a version of the Volkswagen CrossBlue SUV, that will be launched in 2015.

Autocar says that the Skoda SUV has no name for the moment, but what we know is that it will be a class up from the Volkswagen Tiguan, with a length of around 4.6 meters. Skoda will offer five-seat and seven-seat configuration, as well as front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

Skoda technical chief Frank Welsch said that the SUV will be the right concept for Skoda as it works perfectly with company’s brand values.

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Volkswagen Group may build a Seat sports utility vehicle at Skoda's Kvasiny site in Czech Republic, sources told Automotive News. The SUV would be built alongside the next-generation Skoda Yeti compact SUV at the site, where production costs are significantly lower than at Seat’s Martorell site in Spain. Seat currently lacks an SUV or a crossover model, which are selling very well in Europe.

VW Group has yet to green-light the SUV for Seat as it is still determining whether the struggling Spanish subsidiary can afford to add the model. Seat president Juergen Stackmann remarked that the SUV would be an important strategic building block in its product offensive in Europe.

Stackmann told Automobilwoche that Seat is working on an SUV that would "fit the brand and develop another European sub-segment" for the carmaker.

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2009 will see Skoda with some great plans. At the inauguration of its new technology facility in Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic Reinhard Jung, Skoda chairman, spoke about two brand new vehicles for next year. First, the brand new Yeti compact SUV, which will showcase at UK showrooms in late summer.

Created to rival the likes of the Ford Kuga and Toyota RAV4, the Yeti is all-terrain vehicle with a full-time 4x4 system by Haldex, with a choice of a front-wheel-drive variant for tarmac-only drivers. 

The engines are presently unspecified, but anticipated are a 1.8 or 2.0-liter gasoline engine and 1.9 or 2.0-liter TDI diesel unit.

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In case you missed it, Ferrari is joining the world of crossovers. As SUV and crossovers continue to rule the demand in the automotive world, the Italian sports car maker saw that it is in its best interest to join the game with the new Ferrari Purosangue.

While this new crossover might officially arrive in a matter of years, this new Ferrari SUV might already be past the planning stage – if SupercarsNews is to be believed. SupercarsNews uploaded a video on its YouTube account with the description “Ferrari Purosangue spy spotted! The new SUV Ferrari mule on the road.” The video shows a camouflaged crossover entering the field of view of the camera. Then, the camouflaged vehicle comes to a full stop, but only for a second. Perhaps, its driver had no inkling that a spy photographer was waiting for an ambush. Then the camouflaged vehicle reverses to hide from the camera.

No thanks to the description, by SupercarsNews persons who would have seen the video would quickly believe that this test mule was an early prototype of the Ferrari Purosangue. However, the Ferrari vehicle on the video might not be a test mule for the Ferrari Purosangue crossover. Instead, it could be an elevated test mule for the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. Since this test mule has a high ground clearance, it might have been mistaken for the Purosangue. As to why the test mule for the GTC4Lusso has a higher ground elevation, there is no clear reason yet.

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BMW will launch the fourth generation of its X5 SUV to the global market in March 2019. Its high-performance version, the X5 M, would follow but that would take some time. As there would be customers who want their new X5 looks sportier than usual, BMW is allowing them to dress up their SUVs in M style through M Performance Parts.

Just in time for the global launch of the new X5 (05), BMW will be offering an extensive range of M Performance Parts, as available through the Original BMW Accessories program. Just like any other M Performance Parts, the ones that will be available for the new X5 were developed through racing expertise of BMW M. All of these M Performance Parts have a functional purpose, such as enhancing the X5’s aerodynamics or contributing to its already intelligent lightweight concept.

A number of M Performance Parts for the new X5 are made from carbon fiber, giving the SUV a more striking appearance inspired by motor racing. Most of these CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) components feature a final high-gloss polish for further depth effect.

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Just recently, BMW introduced its much-anticipated flagship SUV -- the all-new BMW X7 – after more than four years of wait. Now that it is finally arriving, high-performance customers are wondering how many years they would have to wait before the German premium carmaker creates a BMW X7 M.

The reality is that there is yet no clear sign that BMW would create an M version of the newly unveiled X7 SUV. While the X7 M is a possibility that can’t be discount, it might be hard to imagine how the high-performance version of BMW’s flagship SUV would look like. Good thing though, an automotive graphic artist is here to help with his own rendering of the BMW X7 M.

X-Tomi Design has been known for his renderings of still non-existent versions of vehicles that are in the market or have just been unveiled. His graphic works are usually realistic, to the point that it seems that his renderings were actual official images released by carmakers. X-Tomi latest comes in form of the BMW X7 M, which would be the high-performance version of the newly unveiled X7.

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The distance a vehicle can travel with a full tank of gas or a single full charge is important to any driver. This is why most carmakers reveal the range of their vehicle offerings. With the first example of the I-Pace already delivered to its retail customer, Jaguar has released its MPGe estimates for its electric SUV. Sad to say, but the Jaguar I-Pace doesn’t measure to its EV competitors in terms of electric range.

When Jaguar said that the new I-Pace electric SUV would be getting a large battery as its core, expectations were high for its electric range – until it release its estimated MPGe figures. MPGe stands for miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), as how the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) converts the power consumed by an EV into a term that is familiar to most Americans. MGPe is essentially how far an electric car can travel on the amount of energy that is equivalent to one gallon of gasoline.

According to Jaguar, the new I-Pace returns 80 MPGe city, 72 MPGe highway and 76 MPGe combined. This means that the Jaguar I-Pace can travel up to 234 miles in all-electric range in a single charge from its 90-kWh battery. That may sound impressive, but wait until its electric range is compared against other EVs, in particular the Tesla Model X that is considered as its main rival as both are electric SUVs.

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At the 2018 Paris Motor Show earlier this month, Czech carmaker Skoda unveiled the Vision RS Concept. According to Skoda, the new Vision RS doesn’t just show how its RS models could appear in future, but also foreshadows a new model in the compact car segment. Now, Skoda has finally confirmed the name of that new compact model – the all-new Skoda Scala.

Skoda reveals that the newest nameplate in its lineup derives its name from Latin word ‘scala’, which when translated would mean ‘stairs’ or ‘ladder.’ Thus, Scala signifies the next step forward for Skoda in the compact segment. Furthermore, the Skoda is taking a leap forward in terms of technology, providing the new Scala with innovative features that so far only offered in vehicles belonging to higher segments. Moreover, the Czech brand has also taken a number of several major development steps forward.

Interestingly, the Scala is the first Skoda series production model in Europe to feature the “Skoda” lettering -- instead of the Skoda logo -- in the center of tailgate.

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It has been more than four years since BMW announced the imminent arrival of its largest sports utility vehicle ever. Now, the German premium carmaker is finally introducing its much-anticipated flagship SUV – the all-new BMW X7.

Set to be produced at the BMW Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina, the new BMW X7 will be launched to global market in March 2019.

The burly yet elegant exterior of the new BMW X7 essentially preaches the fact that it is large premium flagship SUV with huge intentions in the segment. Its exterior is wrapped in massive dimensions: 5,151 mm in length, 2,000 mm in width and 1,805 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 3,105 mm.

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More and more vehicles are using automatic transmissions to send power from the engine to the wheels. Even supposed sporty cars have been ditching manual transmissions in favor of automatic gearboxes. But the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco could come fitted with a manual transmission, according to a report by Jalopnik.

Citing a number of sources privy with the plans, Jalopnik reported that Ford is tapping Getrag to develop a new manual gearbox for the 2020 Ford Bronco. The partnership between Ford and Getrag to develop a new manual transmission for the Bronco isn't surprising as the German company is also the one producing the manual gearbox – the MT-82 six-speed unit -- for the Ford Mustang. The new manual transmission for the new Bronco will be named as the MT-88. As per Jalopnik’s sources, this Bronco-bound transmission will be a seven-speed unit that would send power to wheels from Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.

According to Jalopnik, there is a possibility that the new MT-88 manual transmission share components with the MT-82 manual gearbox. Likewise, Ford may also decide to use the new MT-88 manual transmission for the next generation of the Mustang. Nonetheless, while the current plan has the new MT-88 manual transmission being fitted in the Bronco, the fact that the vehicle is still being developed means things may change as Ford gets closer to the official unveiling of the Bronco.

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The RS designation at Skoda has been used to call model versions that bear the Czech brand’s sporty genes. Emotive and sporty in nature, these versions have been the result of the brand’s rich history of motorsport, which has already reached 117 years. Now, at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Skoda is presenting a new study that provides a glimpse into its future RS models – the new Skoda Vision RS.

According to Skoda, the new Vision RS demonstrates how its RS could appear in future, conveying a good blend of sportiness, sustainability and functionality. After all, the new Vision RS isn't just an ordinary RS as its core is served by an electrified drivetrain – a combination of a conventional engine and an electric motor. Furthermore, the new Vision RS also foreshadows a new model in the compact car segment, where the Skoda Rapid and Rapid Spaceback is currently competing.

The new Vision RS essentially represents a completely new form of RS DNA. Its front end is defined by a sculptural bonnet with a Skoda logo made from illuminated crystal glass. The radiator grille features illuminated high-gloss black carbon-fiber slats, which comes in a new distinctive shape. The air inlet and spoiler mirror are shaped like the radiator grille, which is flanked by headlights consisting of four glass stones. The frontal lighting system of the Vision RS also includes narrow daytime running lights and fog lights. The side air outlets, air inlet grille and front spoiler are all made of carbon fiber.

Read the entire article 2018 Paris Motor Show: Skoda Vision RS previews looks of future Skoda RS models