The Kodiaq is Skoda's first-ever SUV.Volkswagen's Czech Republic-based Škoda division has introduced the Kodiaq, its first-ever SUV. The Kodiaq was primarily developed for Europe, but it's an interesting model because insiders suggest it's closely related to the long-awaited seven-seater Volkswagen Tiguan that's scheduled to debut before the end of the year.As expected, the Kodiaq is a carefully toned-down version of the VisionS concept that debuted earlier this year during the Geneva Auto Show. It blends styling cues from Škoda's design language with a rugged look characterized by a tall front end, a high belt line, and pronounced wheel arches. It stretches approximately 185 inches from bumper to bumper, 66 inches tall, and 75 inches wide, figures that make it about as big as a BMW X3.
The cabin boasts a clean, uncluttered dashboard, a spacious trunk, and room for up to seven passengers. It's equipped with a three-spoke steering wheel, a large touch screen on the center console, and a familiar-looking instrument cluster with four analog gauges and a configurable thin-film transistor (TFT) screen. Select trim levels come with a wireless phone charger, a feature that's still relatively rare on the other side of the pond.
Power comes from turbocharged four-cylinder engines borrowed from the Volkswagen parts bin. The gasoline-burning mills include a 1.4-liter available with either 125 or 150 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter that generates 180 horses. Buyers who prefer diesel can select a 2.0-liter oil-burner offered with either 150 or 190 horsepower.
Transmission options include a six-speed manual, as well as six- and seven-speed dual-clutch automatics. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available at an extra cost. Properly equipped, the Kodiaq can tow over 5,500 pounds.
The Škoda Kodiaq will go on sale across Europe before the end of the year.