Skoda reveals new Kodiaq large SUV

Skoda Kodiaq is the brand's first large sport utility vehicle and first seven-seater.

Skoda Kodiaq is the brand's first large sport utility vehicle and first seven-seater. - Credit: Skoda

The new Skoda Kodiaq sport utility vehicles has finally been unveiled after months of teaser shots ahead of it going on sale early next year.

Using design cues from the latest Superb, the Kodiaq features sharp creases and angular lights, as well as the brand's trademark vertically-barred grille.

Inside, the SUV boasts a best-in-class seats-down luggage bay of 2,065 litres,wh ich shrinks to 720 litres with the second row upright. Higher-spec cars will also be offered with seven seats – a first for the Czech car-maker.

A new infotainment system is a prominent feature, with the standard 'Swing' 6.5-inch touchscreen radio system of basic cars replaced by an eight-inch unit on more luxurious variants. It boasts an in-car communication system that picks up the driver's voice and plays it back through the rear speakers so passengers can better understand, as well as a special off-road display and an optional wireless hotspot.

There's a new suite of driver assistance gizmos, too, in the form of a 360-degree top-down manoeuvring camera, an aid to take over steering when reversing a trailer or caravan and a crew protection system to pre-tension seatbelts, close windows and sunroof before a collision.

At launch, the all turbo engine range will consist of two diesels and three petrols, with capacities ranging between 1.4 and 2.0 litres. The most economical is the 150PS diesel, which returns 56.5mpg and 131g/km.

Two 125 and 150PS 1.4-litre petrols sit at the foot of the range, with the latter featuring Active Cylinder Technology, which allows them to cut two cylinders under light load in a bid to improve economy. Topping the range are 2.0-litre 180PS petrol and 190PS diesel units.

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The standard gearbox will be a six-speed manual, but an automatic will also be available with either six or seven speeds, depending on engine, while four-wheel drive will be offered on the more powerful 2.0-litre units.

Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier said: 'With our first large SUV, we are conquering a new segment for the brand – and new customer groups.

'Our new addition to the Skoda model range is truly as strong as a bear: it makes the brand even more attractive thanks to its concept, striking design and as the first Skoda that has the option of always being online and thereby offering more comfort, safety and real-time information. The Kodiaq is at the forefront of Skoda's extensive SUV campaign.'