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Skoda has revealed the interior of its upcoming Kodiaq SUV in a series of images and video, shortly before the new model’s world premiere on September 1.

The Kodiaq features a new interior design, which the company says has “two symmetrical zones” for the driver and front passenger.

Going by Skoda’s “simply clever” motto, the Kodiaq’s cabin features a simple and uncluttered layout, with the centrepiece being the large touchscreen infotainment display housed in glass.

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Lower down on the centre stack are the climate controls, that sport a familiar design seen in the Superb and Octavia.

A black faux-wood trim adorns the dashboard and door inserts, giving an upmarket look to the interior.

In the images, a gear knob for a six-speed manual transmission printed with ‘4×4’ is featured, though it’s likely Australia will only get the dual-clutch DSG transmission.

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Out the back are a third row of seats, which appear to be 50:50 split and feature cutouts for footwells. However, like most of its competitors these extra seats will probably be more suited to kids.

These new interior shots follow the teaser images and video of the Kodiaq’s exterior, along with the leaked side profile of the new SUV on a Czech website.

As Skoda’s first seven-seat SUV, the Kodiaq will be the company’s maiden foray into the large SUV segment, occupied by the likes of the Toyota Kluger and Mazda CX-9.

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Measuring a quoted 4.70 metres in length and 1.88 metres in width, the Kodiaq is 150mm shorter and 40mm narrower than a Kluger, while it’s 300mm shorter and 80mm narrower than a CX-9.

The Kodiaq is even shorter than the closely-related Superb wagon, which measures 4856mm long and 1864mm wide.

Meanwhile, the Kodiaq’s practical 720L/2065L boot is smaller than the CX-9’s 810L capacity with the third row folded (though note the difference in physical size), but well ahead of the Kluger’s 529-litre claim. The Superb wagon boasts a 660L/1950L cargo area.

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European Kodiaqs will offer a choice of five turbocharged engines – three petrols and two diesels – though the only confirmed powerplant is the familiar Volkswagen Group 132TSI petrol.

Front- and all-wheel drive will also be available, along with the option of a six-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch DSG.

Local specifications are yet to be announced, though the company’s local arm has confirmed it expects the Kodiaq to arrive in Australian showrooms around July-August next year.

With the full reveal scheduled for tomorrow, stay tuned to CarAdvice for an update.

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