These spy photos prove that Skoda wasn't lying, but naturally there are a number of changes between the concept and the production version.
Up front we can see that the Kodiaq carries over the Vision S' toaster slat-style grille. The headlights are a little taller, while the secondary lighting units on concept seem like they've been transformed into headlight washers. Additionally, the lower bumper area loses the concept's clean full-width treatment.
Along the sides, the Kodiaq accedes to real world demands and has proper door handles. False body pieces cover up the shoulder line, but we'd be surprised if it doesn't employ the same heavily scalloped treatment that's found on the Vision S and latest-generation Superb.
Under the skin, the Kodiaq will use the Volkswagen Group's now ubiquitous MQB component set for front- and all-wheel drive vehicles. Motivation should come exclusively from four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines.
The new Kodiaq will measure around 4.7 metres in length, and will be available with the option of a three-row, seven-seat layout.
According to Skoda, the Kodiaq will be introduced in production trim some time during the second half of 2016. The SUV will most likely debut around the time of the Paris motor show, which takes place at the beginning of October.
The Kodiaq probably won’t enter European showrooms until late 2016 or early 2017, meaning that an Australian launch will follow on a few months after that.