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Skoda Kodiaq details released

Bear essentials: Skoda’s Kodiaq will touch down in Australia in the third quarter as a rival for the Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Kluger.

Five engines at launch and largest boot in class for Skoda Kodiaq

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SKODA has claimed its forthcoming Kodiaq will boast the largest boot in the large SUV segment, while detailing new technologies and engine specifications ahead of the production model’s debut at the Paris motor show in September.

The Czech Republic-based Volkswagen Group brand has confirmed the Kodiaq will offer a maximum 2065-litre boot volume for the five-seater model when its rear seat is folded, although it has not claimed the same figure for the optional seven-seat variant.

Although measuring 4700mm long – identical to a Hyundai Santa Fe – the Kodiaq’s boot volume eclipses the maximum 1641L capacity of the 5000mm-long Mazda CX-9.

When it launches in Europe in early 2017 the Kodiaq will be available with a duo of diesel TDI and trio of petrol TSI engines, it has been confirmed, and with a choice of front- or all-wheel-drive (4x4) capability.

An adaptive suspension system dubbed Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) will be optional, with off-road mode for the 4x4 variants.

Only a 132kW 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder has yet been detailed, however, which Skoda added will be the most powerful petrol engine available at launch.

Sources have indicated to GoAuto that the flagship diesel will offer 140kW and the 206kW petrol engine from the Superb 206 TSI would likely follow, possibly with an RS badge.

New camouflaged ‘teaser’ images of the Kodiaq have also been provided ahead of the production model’s official reveal, highlighting its LED headlights and “new and extraordinary concepts, including plastic door-edge protection that deploys automatically to avoid damaging the vehicle in garages or car parks.”

A video shows the system in operation, with a rubber strip flicking outwards from inside the rear door when the passenger attempts to exit the vehicle.

Skoda has also confirmed the Kodiaq will utilise the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Infotainment Matrix, including touchscreen capability on all models, while the middle-grade Columbus and high-end Amundsen entertainment systems will feature Wi-Fi hotspots.

Technology will extend to an around-view camera, Tow Assist mode for the electronic stability program (ESP), and predictive pedestrian detection for the autonomous emergency braking (AEB). Automatic parking assistance will now feature automatic braking when obstacles are detected front or rear.

Skoda Australia’s corporate communications general manager Paul Pottinger confirmed the brand’s large SUV would target the Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Kluger with a “prestige” level of equipment when it arrives in the third quarter of 2017.

“Kodiaq is crucial to Skoda, our debut in an all-important segment,” Mr Pottinger added.

“It will be our feature at the Paris Show. As with all Skodas, you can expect a price point that’s competitive with the mainstream, but also the highest level of standard equipment in the class.”

Expect pricing for the Skoda Kodiaq to start at $40,000 and extend to $55,000 plus on-road costs.

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