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.
Skoda has made sure that its first large SUV features superb torsional stiffness, drive comfort, crash safety and manufacturing precision. Its aerodynamic design has allowed the Skoda Kodiaq to achieve a cx value of 0.33.