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First glimpse of the new Skoda Kodiaq SUV

The Kodiaq makes its world debut next month.

AHEAD OF ITS world premiere next month, Czech car manufacturer Skoda has revealed exterior details of its new, large SUV.

Skoda says its new utility vehicle “offers a generous amount of space, great functionality, state-of-the art assistance systems and innovative connectivity solutions.”

However, all we can see from the images are a wide three-dimensional radiator grille with narrow, raked headlights (which are available with full-LED technology for the first time), athletically shaped doors, an expressively sculptured rear with crystalline rear lights.

These have LED technology as standard and shine in the Skoda-typical C-shape.


Skoda claims the five-seat Kodiaq has a capacity of 720 to 2,065 litres (with the rear seats folded down) – and if the optional folding front passenger seat is chosen, the car can transport items up to 2.9 metres long.

The Kodiaq can also roll off the production line with seven seats as an option.


Driver aids include Area View, which uses wide-angle cameras at the front and rear as well as in the wing mirrors to display images of your immediate surroundings on the in-car monitor.

These include a virtual top-down view and 180-degree vistas to the front and rear.

Tow Assist is also available – if the SUV is pulling a trailer, the system takes over steering when reversing slowly. Additionally, while reversing, the new Manoeuvre Assist will brake as soon as an obstacle is detected behind the vehicle.


The Kodiaq will also feature Skoda Connect mobile online services. There are two types of services: the Infotainment Online services, which give information and navigation in real time, and the Care Connect services, which provide remote access as well as assistance.

If an airbag is activated, a so-called Emergency Call (e-Call) automatically goes through to an emergency call centre.

Skoda Kodiaq makes its world debut on 1 September 2016 in Berlin.

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