Skoda is finally pushing ahead with the rumored 7 seat crossover from Volkswagen reported earlier last year. Based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform, this will be the more affordable 7 seat car available on the market. The whole thing is modular, so the 2017 Skoda Kodiak will likely see an increase in the structural strength as well. While it is certainly not likely to replace the current Yeti range of SUV’s from Skoda, the car will be placed above that model.
2017 Skoda Kodiak: Design and Features
The new Skoda Kodiak will be a pretty big car. Estimated at 4.75 metres, this will be a full sized SUV with more than ample space on the insides for 7 people to be accommodated. Other than that, most of the interior design seems to have been based from the Skoda Superb. This means you can expect it to have the handy touchscreen display sitting at the center of the dashboard with vents just above them. Also, the 2017 Skoda Kodiak will most likely feature a climate control system to ensure that the passengers are comfortable at all times. The steering wheel is a run of the mill classic Skoda design with 3 spokes. The usual 2 door combination has always worked the best for classic SUV’s and Skoda is no exception. The wheel base has been slightly reimagined to incorporate bigger tyres. On the front, the car has been given an overall bolder look with vertical grilles on the front. With addition of fog lights and LEDs, the car is well equipped for driving in adverse weather as well, which it is likely to see, being a SUV. While it is estimated that the car will come out in the 7 seat version, inside sources report that works are on for a 5 seat version of the car as well at the Czech Republic plant of the manufacturer.
2017 Skoda Kodiak: Engines
The car will have more than enough power to satiate even the most diehard fans. Available in petrol and diesel variants, this car will be featuring a TDI turbo diesel and a TSI petrol version. These, like the reported new Yeti, will be offered in 1.4l and 2.0-liter engines. This move is primarily aimed at different customer bases which wish to have just the car they need. Experts estimate that the car will debut in the 2016 Paris motor show, to be held during October. All this will likely paired to a 6 speed manual or a 7 speed DSG system and will have both 2 Wheel and 4 Wheel drive versions available.
2017 Skoda Kodiak: Price and Release
There are a lot of controversies regarding the price of the 2017 Skoda Kodiak, but in order to keep the competition of the whole thing at a manageable level, experts in the field estimate that the new car will be priced at around the $26,000 mark. Availability of the car is being slated around the first half of 2017 at the earliest.