China-exclusive Skoda Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV officially introduced

Article by Christian A., on October 18, 2018

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.

On the rear section, the new Skoda Kodiaq GT is defined by a black diffuser, sharply drawn LED taillights with crystalline shapes as well as a fine reflective tape running down the loading sill. Interestingly, the new Kodiaq is the brand’s first series production model in China to feature the “Skoda” individual letterings -- instead of the Skoda logo -- in the middle of the tailgate.

Inside, the new Skoda Kodiaq GT exudes style and sportiness, as it combines the roominess of an SUV and the emotional lines of a coupe. As standard, the new coupe SUV comes with the fully customizable Virtual Cockpit. It is also laden with a number of practical ‘Simply Clever’ ideas as technological elements like Wi-Fi access and MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay as well as Baidu's Carlife.

Serving as the core of the new Skoda Kodiaq GT is of the two available efficient engines. One of these is a 2.0-liter TSI engine that delivers 137 kW (186 hp) of max output as sent to the front wheels. The other mill is a 2.0-liter TSI unit providing up to 162 kW (220 hp) of output to all wheels through a 7- speed DSG. The driver is helped by assistance systems like Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with stop-go function, Blind Spot Detect and Front Assist.

The new Skoda Kodiaq GT will be the carmaker’s fourth SUV in China, and will be the second exclusive model for the Chinese market, following the Kamiq. It will likewise replace the Kamiq as the brand’s most expensive SUV and as its new flagship in China. Skoda will officially unveil the new Kodiaq GT in metal at the 2018 Guangzhou Motor Show, which is scheduled November 16 to 25, 2018.

Press Release

SKODA presents new flagship in China with the KODIAQ GT

The ŠKODA KODIAQ GT is the Czech brand’s new top model in China. ŠKODA’s first SUV coupé, intended exclusively for the Chinese market, is the next milestone in the Czech manufacturer’s SUV campaign. With its strong, dynamic presence and state-of-the-art connectivity, the KODIAQ GT is the new standard bearer in ŠKODA’s most important sales market. China will be the only market in the world where ŠKODA offers a total of four SUV models: KAMIQ, KAROQ, KODIAQ and KODIAQ GT.

For the first time in the SUV segment, ŠKODA is offering a vehicle that combines the robustness and versatility of an SUV with the sporty elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the KODIAQ GT, appealing to new, lifestyle-oriented consumer groups. The new KODIAQ GT celebrates its official premiere in China at the Guangzhou Motor Show, which takes place from 16 to 25 November 2018.

Dr. Ralf Hanschen, President of ŠKODA China, says: “The ŠKODA KODIAQ GT is an important milestone in ŠKODA’s China strategy. Being the first coupé SUV in our model range specifically designed for the Chinese market. We are confident that this sporty and stylish ŠKODA model will appeal to new customer groups and provide an even more impressive driving experience for our customers in China.”

The front of the 4.63-metre-long ŠKODA KODIAQ GT is characterized by a wide bonnet and black-framed grille with chrome-plated dual ribs. The LED headlights, three-dimensional bumper and front spoiler with wide air inlets reinforce its powerful appearance. The roofline gently sloping behind the front doors merging into the flat tailgate gives the KODIAQ GT a dynamic profile. Powerful wheel arches and chiselled side skirts in the body colour with matte black elements also add to the robustness of the coupé version of this large SUV.

The rear end features sharply drawn LED taillights with crystalline shapes and ŠKODA’s characteristic design. A fine reflective tape runs down the loading sill along the entire width of the vehicle and creates further accents alongside the black diffuser. In a display of confidence, this is the first ŠKODA production model in China to bear the brand lettering in individual letters in the centre of the tailgate.

The interior of the new KODIAQ GT is also sporty and stylish, combining the space typical of SUVs with the emotive lines of a coupé. In the interior, the eye is immediately drawn to the high-quality materials and fully customizable Virtual Cockpit, which comes as standard. As is typical for ŠKODA, there are numerous practical ‘Simply Clever’ ideas. With Wi-Fi access and MirrorLink™, Apple CarPlay and Baidu’s Carlife, the KODIAQ GT is always online and at the cutting edge of connectivity.

The range of drivetrains for the KODIAQ GT includes two efficient engines: a 2.0 TSI with 137 kW (186 hp) drives the front wheels; the 2.0 TSI with 162 kW (220 hp) comes standard with all-wheel drive and a 7- speed DSG. Numerous assistance systems including Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with stop-go function to ensure maximum safety.

SUV models in particular play an important role in ŠKODA’s growth plans in China. In 2007, the Czech car manufacturer returned to the Chinese market, which became the brand’s largest sales market in 2010. In 2017, ŠKODA delivered 325,000 vehicles in China – one in every four ŠKODA’s delivered worldwide last year. According to a five-year plan, laid out in a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2016 during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the Czech Republic, more than two billion euros will be invested in the expansion of the SUV portfolio and the development of alternative-drive ŠKODA vehicles.

Source: Skoda

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