2017 Skoda Kodiaq Confirmed to Debut Later This Year

2017 Skoda Kodiaq teaser 3 photos
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Depending on what you’re referring to, Kodiak can mean lots of things: an island in Alaska, a city in Alaska, a Chevrolet, a plane, an all-terrain vehicle developed by Yamaha, a bear, tobacco, or the codename of the Mac OS X Public Beta. In Skoda land, the latter K transforms to Q and you get an SUV.
The image above is the first teaser that confirms the name of the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq. According to the Czech manufacturer, the handle refers to the Kodiak bear that lives in the Kodiak Archipelago in Alaska. Pretty inspired for an SUV and rather funny when you think that Skoda also sells a model called the Yeti.

While Skoda refers to the Kodiaq as being a “large SUV,” the definition of large in Europe differs from what a large SUV is in America. In other words, don’t get too excited for a competitor for the Cadillac Escalade ESV or Ford Expedition EL. In truth, the Kodiaq will be able to seat seven and it will be underpinned by the MQB platform of a soon-to-debut Volkswagen SUV.

Motivation for the Kodiaq is expected to be provided by a series of four-cylinder turbo gasoline and diesel engines including a 2.0 BiTDI like the one you can get in the 2016 Volkswagen Passat. A V6 such as the 3.0 TDI has slim chances of being made available for the upcoming Skoda model.

Skoda lets it slip that overall length stands at 4.70 meters (185 feet), which makes the yet-to-debut Kodiaq almost as long as the Volkswagen Touareg (4.81 meters or 188.8 inches). We’re also told to expect “remarkable performance both on and off the beaten track” from the Kodiaq, as well as “distinctive, muscular lines” and a “dynamic, robust and strong appearance.” The 2016 Paris Motor Show in October is where the Skoda Kodiaq will make its first public outing and deliveries will begin in the first months of 2017.
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