Paris show – Kodiaq begins Skoda SUV offensive

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Paris show – Kodiaq begins Skoda SUV offensive

Skoda has unveiled its long-awaited Kodiaq SUV at the Paris Motor Show, starting a model rush that is expected to see the Czech brand grow to offer five crossovers.

Describing the launch of the Kodiaq as “the spearhead of our SUV offensive,” Skoda CEO Bernard Maier adds that the car is a “wonderful, powerful SUV,” its design language “shaping the identity of the entire brand.”

Despite the Kodiaq measuring up only 4cm longer than the Octavia saloon Skoda is claiming best-in-class interior space for the model, the only car in its class to offer a full third row of seats. It also claims a record boot space of 720 litres extendable up to 2065 litres with the rear seats folded.

Maier adds that the model will have all the best qualities for on and off-road performance – this will be achieved by a five-strong engine line-up, ranging across two 1.4 TSI petrol engines of 125 and 150hp, a 2.0 TSI with 180hp and a pair of 2.0 TDI diesels with 150 and 190hp. Depending on the model six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG auto transmissions will be available alongside front or all-wheel-drive transmissions.

Skoda’s much-vaunted ‘Simply Clever’ features are also being highlighted, the Kodiaq having more than 30 of them including the signature umbrella in the doors, while Maier adds that the Kodiaq will also offer the latest in connectivity.

“It will always be online,” he says, users able to make use of internet services such as Google Streetview, while a Skoda app will allow owners to stay connected to their car wherever they may be located.

The Kodiaq is expected on UK sale in April 2017. Industry sources suggest prices could start from £22,500 which would substantially undercut rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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