Kez Casey | May 9, 2016

So far Skoda has had to make do with just one SUV in a fast-growing segment that spans a variety of vehicle sizes.

From the second half of 2016, the small Yeti is set to be joined a large three-row SUV, with Skoda confirming the new model will be called the Kodiaq when it makes its debut.

Named after the Kodiak bear which inhabits the Kodiak Archipelago of Southwest Alaska, the word is adapted from the native language of the Altiiq people indigenous to the region.

Skoda offered a few small details with the announcement of the Kodiaq name, confirming that the new SUV will measure 4.7 metres in length and offer seating for seven, putting it on par with the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Skoda VisionS Concept
Skoda VisionS Concept

Previewed by the VisionS concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the Kodiaq will sit atop the Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB platform and is expected offer a range of petrol and diesel engines, along with a choice of two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive.

Skoda has also previously confirmed that the Kodiaq will be available in right hand drive, but is yet to confirm plans for an Australian arrival.

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