Skoda has released information about the Kodiaq, which represents its first foray into the world of SUVs.
The Kodiaq, which gets its name from the Kodiak bear that lives on a remote island off the coast of Alaska, is also the first car that adheres to the company’s new focus on infotainment, assistance systems and connectivity.
Skoda decided to enter the SUV market as it is a rapidly growing sector of the automotive industry. It also represents a new customer base for the company to sell to.
Five engines will be available when the car goes on sale, made up of two diesels and three petrols. The most powerful engine will be the 2.0-litre TSI petrol unit, which will make 178bhp.
Several transmission options are available in the form of a six-speed manual, DSG automatic, and both four- and two-wheel drive.
Despite currently wearing a camouflage wrap, it’s clear that the design echoes the Czech company’s successful angular styling. The headlights and grille appear to be a slim design, while a bulge is visible in the bonnet. Skoda says that the Kodiaq wears the brand’s new design language.
As part of its push to improve connectivity in its product, Skoda has fitted the Kodiaq with technology that it claims puts the SUV at the top of its segment. The car is fitted with touchscreens in the centre console, while the top-of-the-range models come with a WiFi hotspot.
This mobile connection service also helps run a number of safety systems, including breakdown assistance and emergency call button that alerts 999 when pressed.
The Kodiaq also supports MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow users to mirror their mobile phone screen on the centre console.
New-to-Skoda driving assistance systems have been implemented in the Kodiaq, such as the Area View cameras, which provide an aerial view of the vehicle and its surroundings to aid parking.
The Kodiaq is set to launch at the start of 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.