To be revealed online in September.

Skoda is continuing the teasing game for its first-ever large SUV. The Kodiaq will be revealed online in September this year with a global debut scheduled for the Paris Motor Show in early October, and will go on sale in the beginning of 2017.

With the Kodiaq, the Czech brand is entering a new market segment that is growing quickly across the world and will try to find completely new clients. The SUV will have to rival quite strong models on the European scene, such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Nissan X-Trail, Ford Edge, and the forthcoming Renault Koleos.

Skoda is releasing the first official images of the car, but, actually, they reveal nothing new. We see a fully camouflaged prototype – something we’ve aleady seen during the testing phase of the Kodiaq thanks to our skillful spy photographers.

2017 Skoda Kodiaq prototype

As a typical Skoda, the SUV will be focused on offering good quality for its value and many clever interior solutions, part of the Simply Clever philosophy. In addition to a trunk capacity of up to 2,065 liters, the Kodiaq will offer a door-edge protection that deploys automatically to avoid damaging the vehicle in garages or car parks. There is also an electric child safety lock for the youngest passengers, as well as a sleep comfort package with special headrests for long trips.

The crossover will be launched in early 2017 in five- and seven-seat versions, and will be initially available with two diesel and three petrol units. As expected, a six-speed manual and a DSG automatic gearboxes will be on the list. Base models will be driven by the front wheels, while higher-end variants will feature an all-wheel-drive system.

2017 Skoda Kodiaq prototype

Skoda says the new car “feels equally at home on rough terrain,” and to help drivers on rugged terrains the manufacturer is introducing the Area View cameras that display the vehicle’s immediate surroundings on the monitor. When a trailer is attached to the large SUV, a Tow Assist supporting system takes over maneuvering when reversing slowly, while a new predictive pedestrian protection function brakes automatically as soon as it detects an obstacle.

Source: Skoda

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