Scheduled for an October debut at this year’s Paris motor show ahead of a 2017 launch, the brand’s first seven-seater SUV will become Skoda’s flagship model and enter the highly-competitive large SUV segment. There, it will take on the likes of the Toyota Kluger, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and the recently-launched Mazda CX-9.
According to the Czech car maker, the Kodiaq will have a class-leading luggage capacity of up to 2065 litres, be offered in front- and all-wheel drive, and powered by a choice of five engines - two TDI turbo diesels and three TSI turbo-petrol engines.
The only engine confirmed is the “most powerful” 132kW 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol, which is featured in numerous models across the Volkswagen Group - casting doubt over the inclusion of the Superb’s 206kW turbo petrol range-topper.
Some variants in the European range will also be offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a DSG dual-clutch transmission, however Australian models are likely to get the DSG as standard like the closely related Superb mid-sizer.
The Kodiaq will also be the first Skoda to feature the Area View surround camera system, and will offer selectable driving modes along with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) - along with an off-road mode for all-wheel drive variants.
Skoda claims that the Kodiaq will also offer class-leading infotainment features, using the Volkswagen Group’s communications systems that will offer capacitive touchscreens, WiFi hotspot, internet connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Although European markets get a range of infotainment system options, it is likely that the Australian range will get a version of the 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system from the Superb as standard across the range.
Michael Irmer, boss of Skoda Australia, confirmed last month that the Kodiaq should arrive in Australia mid-2017 - pointing to a local launch around August next year.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for updates on the new Skoda Kodiaq as they come to hand.
See the above video for driving footage of the Skoda Kodiaq