Skoda Kodiak could see global reveal at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show; positioned above Yeti its India debut is more likely in 2017
The Czech Republican auto maker has released a teaser image of the forthcoming SUV closely in association with the Volkswagen CrossBlue sold worldwide. It is more likely to carry the moniker Kodiak and will be placed higher up the Yeti crossover in its existing model range.
The production-ready model is speculated to arrive on sale early in 2017 globally and could get the green light for Indian market during the course of the same year. If launched, it will go up against the likes of Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Hyundai Santa Fe and the upcoming VW Tiguan in the highly competitive premium SUV market.
Skoda has made no information of the SUV known yet and is expected to be revealed at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show in March in a conceptual form. Although the teaser image previews nothing except for a black Skoda garage door waiting to be lifted up for “something big”, the recent spy pictures suggest it could be the Kodiak SUV.
It could come with both five and seven-seater configuration and it could possibly be based on the extended MQB platform that underpins several vehicles in the Volkswagen Group. Initially believed to be christened as Snowman, which Skoda trademarked in 2013, it will be named after a sub-species of the brown bear called Kodiak said reports from German media.
The test mule spied doing rounds at the Nurburgring is wider and longer with taller suspension than the Yeti cousin and Skoda confirmed that models like this will boast provocative styling and bolder bodywork. Up front, it could feature sleeker rectangular headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights and clamshell bonnet.
It could possibly come with diesel-electric hybrid powertrain and with two and four wheel drive options. At a slightly upmarket than the Volkswagen Tiguan, it is expected to measure around 4,600 mm in length. The current engine options from the Octavia and Superb sedans such as the 2.0-litre TDI and 1.8-litre TSI units are expected to be carried over coupled with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic DSG transmission. The premium SUV will announce an all-new sporty five-door and coupe derivatives in the coming years.
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