LEAKED! – The Škoda Kodiaq is no longer a mystery

The revelation of the new Škoda Kodiaq will happen at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, but we will not have to wait to see the crossover as it is. The Škoda Forum has leaked official images of the new vehicle. With the interior ones that the Czech company has already released, we can have a very precise idea of what the new model can offer its customers.

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The Kodiaq is the production version of the VisionS Concept, presented at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The crossover is based on the MQB platform, just like the VW Tiguan and the Škoda Superb and Octavia. If we take the VisionS into consideration, we can say the Kodiaq is 4.70 m long, 1.91 m wide and 1.68 m tall. Its wheelbase has not been revealed, but we may bet in something between 2.70 m and 2.80 m due to the short overhangs and the similar size of the SUV when compared to the Octavia and the VW Passat B8.

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The VisionS offered 3 seat rows, but could carry only 6 passengers. As predicted, Kodiaq will carry 3 of them in the second row, making it a 7-seater crossover.

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The third row can be easily folded, providing a huge trunk: 720 l. Considering Škoda’s prices, possibly at a very affordable amount or money. And this is mostly why people are so excited about the new crossover.

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This image of the interior is curious because it presents the entry-level version of the Kodiaq, with fabric seats and a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the other images present leather seats and probably a DSG transmission. Engines have not been revealed so far, but there are bets on the 1.4 TSI and in the 2.0 TSI petrol units, while the diesel options would be different versions of the 2.0 TDI. But we are still in doubt about this one, since it is apparently the same EA 288 engine that was the main cause of Dieselgate. Will the VW Group stick with it after all that has happened? We will get to know more with the official revelation of the crossover. Stay tuned.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.