The long awaited Skoda Kodiaq has been revealed in full ahead of its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The Skoda Kodiaq will go on sale in late 2016 with a starting price of around £23,000, with first deliveries expected in January 2017.
The new Kodiaq is a large SUV that will be offered with five or seven seat configuration, and will also tap into the VW Group’s well known engine line-up with 5 units available from the launch date. The new SUV is promising to trump rivals on list price and loadspace those being the mid size Land Rover Discovery, Kia Sorento and the Santa Fe by Hyundai.
Despite the size of the vehicle, Skoda has made effective use of the MQB chassis construction to keep down the Kodiaq’s weight. The firm says that it weighs 1,452kg without a driver in front-wheel-drive petrol form, and that switching to four-wheel drive adds round 80kg to that total. Seven-seat versions will weight a little more than that again, of course.
The diesels are Skoda’s familiar 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit in two states of tune – 148bhp/340Nm and 187bhp/400Nm. The petrols are a 1.4-litre with 123bhp and 200Nm, a more powerful 1.4 that brings cylinder deactivation technology and offers 148bhp and 250Nm, and a 2.0 with 177bhp and 320Nm.
The range-topping diesel and petrol engines are available only with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox. The more modest diesel and 1.4-litre units are DSG-only in front-wheel-drive trim, but can have that transmission or a six-speed manual when equipped with four-wheel drive.
The 148bhp 1.4 petrol gets either a six-speed DSG or a six-speed manual in four-wheel-drive versions, or just the DSG with front-drive. The only Kodiaq that’s available with the combination of front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox is the entry-level petrol.
Original article; Auto Express