2017 Skoda Kodiaq Teased Once Again, Official Sketches Show Great Promise

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The Yeti is getting a bit long in the tooth and, for what it’s worth, it can only seat five people. To address this shortcoming, Skoda will bring out the long-awaited Kodiaq sport utility vehicle.
Underpinned by the MQB platform of the second-gen VW Tiguan, the Kodiaq is something the Czech manufacturer was craving for a long, long time now. “The Skoda Kodiaq is extremely versatile,” said Jozef Kaban, the head of design at Skoda. “It is exceptionally spacious and with compact external dimensions, it delivers the best overall package in its class.”

Mr. Kaban and his team borrowed styling cues from the VisionS Design Study presented at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, then wrapped everything up in a functional package. As for versatility, well, this thing seats seven people and it can tackle unpaved roads thanks to a Haldex coupling all-wheel-drive system.

In terms of powertrain options, the range will consist of TSI turbo petrol and TDI turbo diesel units with outputs ranging from 125 PS and 220 PS. It’s not yet known if the Kodiaq will also be available with the 240 PS 2.0 BiTDI, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed there’s a market for it in this application.

Believe it or not, a plug-in hybrid powertrain is slated to join the Skoda Kodiaq lineup after the regular models go on sale in the Old Continent, packing a 1.4 TSI engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack.

Although the Czech manufacturer has yet to release a photograph or sketch of the cabin, Skoda promises four air vents, as well as a “large display [that] splits the instrument panel into two equal sections for the driver and passenger. The front of the instrument panel is three-dimensional and divided into two areas." Pretty neat stuff for a Skoda, alright. The 2017 Skoda Kodiaq will go on sale in Europe in the first months of 2017.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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