Skoda has pulled the wraps off its new Kodiaq model, which it says marks the start of an ‘extensive SUV campaign’.
This is the first time the Czech manufacturer has entered the large SUV market. It’s aiming to undercut rivals such as the Hyundai Santa Fe on price, and will offer both five- and seven-seat configurations.
Skoda has unfettered access to VW Group products and utilises the company’s MQB platform that underpins a wide range of cars, including the Seat Leon and Volkswagen Passat.
There will be a range of five engines available from launch, comprising of two diesels and three petrols. A 2.0-litre TDI is on offer in both 148bhp and 188bhp forms. The entry-level diesel has a claimed fuel consumption figure of 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 131g/km.
Two 1.4-litre petrol engines will also feature alongside a 2.0-litre. They use Active Cylinder Technology to shut down the second and third cylinder under light loads to improve fuel economy.
A six-speed manual as well as six- and seven-speed automatic transmissions can be optioned. Top-of-the-range engines come with the seven-speed dual clutch transmission – the first time this technology has featured on a Skoda – and all-wheel-drive. Front-wheel-drive models are also available.
Large ventilated front brake discs sit behind a range of 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels. An electronic differential lock improves handling by control wheelspin during hard cornering.
The Skoda Kodiaq is expected to cost from around £23,000, with first deliveries expected in early 2017.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.