Skoda has revealed the name of its upcoming SUV officially and it will be called as Kodiaq as expected. The large SUV from the Czech Republican automaker has derived the moniker from the Kodiak bear that lives on an island near Alaska. Described to be ‘as strong as a bear’, the new utility vehicle conveys strength and protection and shares common traits with the bear like size and family spirit.
It announces the VW-owned company’s global SUV campaign and the Kodiaq will be presented to the public at the 2016 Paris Motor Show scheduled for October in production form. It will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s flexible MQB platform that underpins the second generation Volkswagen Tiguan and will be slotted above the Skoda Yeti. This means that the Kodiaq will be the flagship SUV in the brand’s product line-up.
Skoda Vision S Concept debuted in the 2016 Geneva Motor Show will give glimpses of the new Kodiaq SUV. It measured 4.70 metres in length, 1.91 metres in width, 1.68 metres in height and had a wheelbase of 2.79 metres with generous amount of cabin space.
The Skoda Kodiaq is more likely to reach Indian shores in the latter parts of 2017. The engines could be sourced from the new Skoda Superb premium sedan, that was recently launched in India. The 1.8-litre TSI 16V DOHC four-pod petrol and 2.0-litre TDI CR 16V DOHC four-cylinder turbo diesel powertrains are expected to form the engine line-up for India.
The updated 1.8-litre TSI petrol motor produces a maximum power output of 180 PS between 5,100 and 6,200 rpm and 320 Nm of peak torque for the manual and 250 Nm for the automatic versions.
The 2.0-litre diesel engine makes out 177 PS between 3,600 and 4,000 rpm and has a peak torque of 350 Nm delivered between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm. The petrol engine comes mated with a fully-synchronized six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. The diesel mill transfers power to all the four wheels through a six-speed DSG automatic with Tiptronic manual gear changing.