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Skoda has issued new sketches showing the look of its soon-to-launch Kodiaq SUV.

The car will make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in September and go on sale in 2017.

It is clear from the released images that the production model closely follows the visual appearance of the VisionS concept, which was displayed at the Geneva show in March 2016.

The Kodiaq – the name comes from a species of Alaskan brown bear – will be the first Skoda to be produced with a new design language, described as more striking by the brand’s head of design Jozef Kaban. It is likely to be the first of a range of new SUVs from Skoda to sit alongside the big-selling Yeti.

A combination of a long wheelbase and short overhangs promises plenty of interior space, and a third row of two extra seats will be available as an option. No details have yet been released regarding powertrains for the new model, but it is believed they will mostly be taken from the range currently offered in the Superb large saloon. A plug-in hybrid version is also likely to appear sometime after the Kodiaq launches.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a 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.