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.
Central to the newfound off-road ability of the new Skoda Kodiaq Scout is its all-wheel drive system, which employs a strategically located electronically controlled multi-plate clutch that allows for optimal distribution of the load on the axles. It also employs control system that works regardless of the driving status, thereby preventing loss of traction. This all-wheel drive system is complemented by the fact that the new Skoda Kodiaq Scout features a ground clearance of 194 mm; a ramp angle of 19.7 degrees; an approach angle of 22.0 degrees; and a departure angle of 23.1 degrees. This off-road SUV also features the Rough-Road package as standard, protecting the underbody, engine, brake and fuel lines from damage.
Serving as the heart of the new Skoda Kodiaq Scout is any of the four available engines -- two petrol and diesel powerplants. Those who favor petrol engines could choose between a 1.4-liter TSI and a 2.0-liter TSI. The 1.4-liter TSI engine provides 110 kW (150 PS) to allow the Skoda Kodiaq Scout to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 9.8 seconds, while the 2.0 TSI powerplant delivers 132 kW (180 PS) to enable the SUV to accomplish the sprint in 8.0 seconds. Two versions of the 2.0 TDI diesel engines are able – delivering outputs of 110 kW (150 PS) and 140 kW (190 PS). The lower powered TDI engine enables the Kodiaq Scout to dash from nil to 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds, while the more powerful versions could complete the sprint in 8.9 seconds.