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The new Skoda Kodiaq SUV has been teased ahead of its debut later this year.

According to Jozef Kaban, head designer at Skoda, the Kodiaq is the first production vehicle to show off the brand’s new SUV design language and will be “powerful and emotive, but also timeless”.

From spy photos that were taken earlier this month, we can see that the Kodiaq will be very closely patterned on the Vision S concept, which debuted at the Geneva motor show.

Up front there’s a wide grille with paired vertical slats. On either side of the grille are headlights that, Kaban says, have a “crystalline structure [that] pays hommage to Czech crystal glass art”.

Interestingly, the front-end design hinted at here is closer to that of the Vision S concept than the prototype spotted at the beginning of June. Around the back, the Kodiaq will reportedly feature C-shaped LED tail-lights.

The Kodiaq will be based on the MQB component set, used throughout the Volkswagen Group, for front- and all-wheel-drive cars. Engine options will likely be restricted to turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel motors.

Measuring around 4.7 metres in length, the Kodiaq be available with the option of a three-row, seven-seat layout. Skoda promises that the Kodiaq will have “largest boot of its class”.

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Skoda says that the production Kodiaq will make its debut during the second half of 2016. Many expect it to step out in public for the first time at the Paris motor show, which starts at the beginning of October.

In all likelihood, the Kodiaq won’t go on sale in Europe until late 2016 or early 2017, with an Australian launch following on from that.

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