Skoda has prepared a new variant of its Kodiaq seven-seat SUV ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, unveiling a more off-road focused Kodiaq Scout, reinforcing the familiy SUV’s role as the Czech company’s all-terrain machine.
Instead of a more road-focussed Sportline or RS variant tipped by media as the next model in the Kodiaq range, the Scout delivers a similar treatment to the Octavia Scout, and Fabia Scout (available overseas).
The Kodiaq scout’s appearance package includes silver coloured front and rear bumper plating, 19-inch alloy wheels, silver detailing for the grille surround, wing mirrors and roof rails, as well as privacy glass from the B-pillar back.
Technical specifications for the Kodiaq Scout include standard all wheel drive plus Off-Road Assist that modifies suspension damping, stability control and ABS braking parameters for greater ability away from sealed surfaces and a Rough Road Package comprising underbody and engine protection, plus front and rear parking sensors.
Suspension ride height for the Kodaq Scout has been lifted by just 6mm with 194mm of ground clearance compared to 188mm for regular seven-seat versions of the Kodiaq, hinting that rugged terrain crossing abilities won’t be massively different from the regular model.
Pre-release images of the Kodiaq Scout also show Continental SportContact 6 tires wrapped around the 19-inch wheels, with the road-biased tyre choice indicating the Kodiaq Scout is focused more on rugged looks than genuine off road capability.
European customers will be offered a choice of four engines with the Scout package, two petrols rated at 110kW and 132kW and two diesels with 110kW and 140kW.
The Kodiaq range is expected to arrive in Australia later this year powered by both the 132kW petrol and 140kW diesel engines with standard all wheel drive. As yet specifications for the Australian range are to be confirmed, with no confirmed arrival for the Scout yet locked in.