The new Škoda Kodiaq SUV has been spotted testing at the famous Nurburgring race-track in Germany as the Czech brand prepares to release its largest-ever model.
Since the Vision S concept was previewed at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Škoda have confirmed the Kodiaq name and that the car will be offered with seven seats; a five-seat option may also be offered but is unconfirmed for the UK at this time. At 4.7 metres it will be slightly longer than the Nissan X-Trail, while also significantly wider and taller than the SEAT Ateca.
The car will get its official release ahead of the Paris Motor Show in September and go on sale early in 2017 with a range of petrol and diesel engines. A plug-in hybrid option will join the range at some point in 2019, and Škoda claims it will emit just 45g/km of CO2 while producing a combined 222bhp, sprinting from 0-60mph in around 7.4 seconds.
A robust and capable SUV, the Kodiaq will boast a spacious and versatile interior that’s set up for family life, with a capable chassis ready to tackle tough terrain. Prices are expected to start at around £21,000, undercutting many key rivals.
As well as introducing Škoda to the large SUV market for the first time, the Kodiaq will also usher in a new design language that will filter across the rest of the Škoda range when models are replaced or updated, starting with the next Yeti.
Spy shots from the Nurburgring test show that key design elements from the original sketches, like the clamshell bonnet and sloping roofline, have been carried across to the production version. Roof bars hint at its practical applications too.
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