Arrived on the 1st of September, a very expected day for the brand in the Czech Republic belonging to the Volkswagen Group. And is that yesterday afternoon, in Berlin, showed to the world the first SUV in its history, the Skoda Kodiaq. A todocamino large that it takes months to advertise in the form of teasers, and, later, showing some pictures of its exterior and subsequently your interior. Yesterday, a few hours before his presentation, there was a leak here, but we already have all the photos and official data.
The first SUV of the signature Czech has a dimensions generous, measuring 4.697 mm long, 1.882 wide and 1.676 high, while its wheelbase stands at 2.791 mm. For its development we have used the well-known modular platform MQB of the Volkswagen Group. As we knew beforehand, offers versions 5 and 7 seater, front-wheel drive or full, automatic or manual, and engines diesel and gasoline.
In the section of the external image, we see that the designers of the brand, gala have managed to register the brand image in this todocamino of large dimensions. Both the front and rear of the Skoda Kodiaq are easily recognizable as a vehicle of the signature Czech, although it has built-in some detail we have not seen before in his brothers of range, such as, for example, headlights divided into two parts, with the main headlight of the dimensions are more contained than we are used to.
In the side view we find a few lines of shoulders very marked and totally horizontal, that connect the headlights with a pilot light in the rear. In the lower part of the doors is appreciate lines of tension, also very strong, which enhance the robustness of the Kodiaq. The wheel arches are very wide, and has an inverted U-shaped. Also highlights the horizontality of the hood, which is almost straight.
The design team of Skoda has been made to the behind of a big muscles. Here behind continue the straight lines and the horizontal, but marking even more nerves. This translates to a high feeling of width, which we also find in the front, and a character. The tailgate has a large surface area, while the lower part of the bumper, like on the front and on the side steps, uses a plastic of black color.
Skoda was clear that its first SUV should be a todocamino spacious and comfortable, where it is able to travel in family with total comfort and with a large luggage in the cargo space. Hence its exterior dimensions, thanks to them they get a cabin which you can have up to 7 seater. We account Skoda that the interior length is about 1.8 meters. In any case, we will wait to test it to confirm that, in practice, is a car really that wide.
As we have already said a few days ago when the car firm showed us the first images of the passenger compartment, the area of the dashboard is easily recognizable as a car of the Volkswagen Group, keeping like with models like the Skoda Octavia, while also innovating and using a different ventilation grids in vertical position and an insertion on the part of the co-pilot that we had not seen until now in Skoda.
on the other hand, the Kodiaq incorporating different designs for the steering wheel (which can also be heated), heating trizona, heated seats and ventilated, brake, hand-mail, possibility of regulation of the second-row seats and a third row with two seats, which makes it the first Skoda 7-seater.
trunk, that we already knew that offering a load volume of 720 litres upgrade to 2.065 to fold the second row of seats, allows you to transport objects up to 2.9 metres in length. Of optional form can be purchased bython, electric with the function of opening hands-free through a movement of the foot; a comfortable solution for when we have been heavily loaded.
If we talk about the mechanical, the SKoda Kodiaq is offered with two engines TDI diesel and three TSI petrol. The range diesel is composed by two versions that use the block of 2-liter TDI, available in your version of 150 hp and the 190. For its part, the options of gasoline start with the 1.4 TSI of 125 horses, the same 1.4 version of 150 hp and the 2.0 TSI 180. Depending on the engine chosen, it will be able to associate to a change 6-speed manual, a DSG 6-or 7-relations, and to the front-wheel drive or integral.
In terms of the chassis, optionally you can equip the DCC (dynamic control of the chassis), which is integrated in the selection of modes of driving. Depending on the running conditions and the driving mode selected, the shock absorbers receive a greater or less hardness, in search of more convenience, or a setting more sporty. It also has the “simulator” differential XDS+, that slows a wheel to send more power to the opposite and help the car to enter the turn.
At any new car can not miss the connectivity with the external systems and infotainment. Account with connection to the internet, emergency call in case of an accident, weather information, system Skoda Connect and, of course, the well-known AndroidAuto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, which fall within the Skoda SmartLink.
we do not Yet know dates of arrival to the market specific or approximate prices, only that will arrive in early 2017. What we do have clear is that the Czech brand has bet very strong for this Skoda Kodiaq and who has many hopes on him.