Brad Leach | Sep 2, 2016

Volkswagen Group’s Czech-Republic brand Skoda has confirmed its first foray into full-size SUVs with the all-new Kodiaq which launches in Europe early next year.

At 4.7-metres in length, 1.9-metres wide and 1.7 in height, it is indeed a large SUV and will be offered with a standard five seats or optional as a seven-seater.

While Australian details have not been disclosed, we know European customers can choose from front-drive or all-wheel-drive versions, five engines, six or 7-speed DSG automatic transmissions or even a six-speed manual.

Skoda says the all-new Kodiaq embodies core values of functionality, interior space and value-for-money.

And yes, a 4.7-metre long SUV with a massive boot capacity - 720-litres (second row seats in-place) or 2065-litres (all seats folded) - is indeed functional and spacious.

Although Skoda’s initial thrust into the large SUV segment, in the looks department the Kodiaq carries several styling cues to the Czech-republic brand’s passenger cars - most obvious in the front-end.

But there are also some pleasing new twists, for instance at the rear. The two double-headlights are unique and - like the C-shaped LED tail-lights - have a crystalline structure which Skoda says draws inspiration from traditional Czech crystal glass art.

And it must be said Skoda’s stylists have also done a great job inside with the Kodiaq presenting a dashboard look and trim highlights which don’t appear to have any cross-relationship to its German siblings.

Trim choices include fabric, leather and Alcantara.

Standard as a five-seater with a second row seat providing fore/aft movement of up to 18cm as well as adjustable backrests and a 60:40 split-fold. The Skoda Kodiaq can also be optioned with two extra seats in the third row.

There’s wireless telephone charging and multiple audio choices including 6.5-inch and 8.0-inch touchscreens (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity).

As expected, technology isn’t in short supply with the list including surround-view cameras, City Emergency Brake, Predictive Pedestrian Protection, Multi-Collision Brake, Traffic Jam Assist (autonomously brakes and accelerates for you), adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert

Among its ‘simply clever’ Skoda features, the Kodiaq can be fitted with pre-loaded spring-operated door edge protection devices designed to prevent you from grazing your doors on (for example) garage walls and car park poles.

Petrol engines include two 1.4-litre TSI units (92kW/200Nm and 110kW/250Nm) and a 2.0-litre TSI delivering 132kW/320Nm.

Or there two 2.0-litre turbo-diesels – 110kW/340Nm and 140kW/400Nm.

Of course the Skoda Kodiaq, like its German cousins, rides on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform which brings considerable weight-savings into play - with payback for driving dynamics and fuel consumption. Active dampers are on the options list.

In Europe, Skoda will launch the all-new Kodiaq in its usual model range – entry-grade ‘Active’, mid-spec ‘Ambition’ and range-topping ‘Style’.

No word on Australian specifications this far from launch, but we’re told the Kodiaq will arrive in local Skoda dealerships around 12 months from now.

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