VW-owned Skoda is seriously lacking in the crossover & SUV department, but that’s about to change as next year the Czech marque will launch a seven-seat high-riding model. It has been a long time in the making, but a source close to Skoda told us it will premiere in October 2016 at the Paris Motor Show. Now, Auto Bild has managed to find out the model in question is going to be labeled “Kodiak” after a subspecies of the brown bear.
It will be based on the second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan which means that it will ride on the flexible MQB platform that has underpinned a lot of VAG products since 2012. The Skoda Kodiak Forum reports that it is expected to be around 187 inches (4.75 meters) long and will be available with an all-wheel drive arrangement.
The model will go on sale before the end of 2016 and will likely carry a starting price of approximately $26,100 (€24,000). Production will take place at home at Skoda’s Kvasiny factory in Czech Republic. From what we know so far, Skoda has plans to offer two distinct versions of the model, one with a five-seat layout and another featuring a seven-seat interior.
The Skoda Kodiak will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB platform. It won’t be a replacement for the Skoda Yeti, but will be positioned above it. It is likely to be more affordable European cousin of the VW Tiguan XL due in 2017, targeted at markets like China and India. According to a report from earlier this month, the Skoda Kodiak will have its world premiere at the 2016 Paris Motor Show to be held from 1 to 16 October.
Prior to the motor show debut, the Skoda Kodiak may be officially revealed in Summer, as per the AutoBild report.