15 November 2016

Skoda reveals more on Kodiaq

Skoda has revealed full details of its new Kodiaq SUV, following its debut in Berlin at the beginning of September, writes Brian Byrne.

The Czech carmaker's first large SUV has been designed to carry seven people in comfort, and also claims the largest boot space in its class. It arrives in Ireland in February.

There will be five engines available, depending on market, and transmissions include 6-speed manuals and 6- and 7-speed automatics.

The car is based on Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) in which lightweight construction plays an important role.

Features include door-edge protection which deploys automatically when opening the car door and prevents the metal edge of the door from coming into contact with a garage wall or an adjacent car. When shutting the door, the trim folds itself back in.

There will be a wide range of driver assistance systems, including the first use in the brand of an Area View system whereby the driver gets a 'bird's eye' view of surroundings in tight manoeuvring situations.

More details as we come closer to the Irish launch.